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  • Rosa Bonheur Antique French Bronze Sculpture of Bull
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Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899) "Taureau Beuglant" Bronze, Peyrol

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"Taureau Beuglant”, Peyrol foundry mark along back edge
Item #  511NHP28P

A finely cast bronze sculpture after the model by Rosa Bonheur, this gorgeous little work of a bellowing bull is finished in a most attractive reddish-brown and black patina, entirely original and remaining in excellent condition.  The cast is carefully chiseled and the finishing quality is simply gorgeous - cast and finished by the Peyrol foundry, the primary founder for her sculptures with renown for singularly excellent craftsmanship, the bull is a picture of realism.  Even the bull’s coat is carefully chiseled to create the surface texture of hair, allowing the darker patina to react more fully in the recesses along the sides of his body, while more fully developed hair is cast along his head and back.  The naturalistic base is signed “Rosa B.”  

For serious collectors of French sculpture of the period, particularly of the Animaliers, this is an exquisite find.

Literature and research:

  • Horswell, Jane, "Les Animaliers”
  • Kjellberg, Pierre, "Bronzes of the 19th Century", page 106-7
  • Forrest, Michael, "Art Bronzes", page 471 

Measurements:  3 15/16” D x 8 5/8” W x 5 7/8” H

Condition Report:
Minor wear along edge of base; other very faint patina wear. Overall in exceptional condition.