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"Study of a Standing Cow" | Isidore Bonheur

Bonheur, Isidore


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French, 1827-1901

A Rare Study of a Standing Cow

Patinated sand-cast bronze | Signed in base "I. Bonheur", stamped verso "PEYROL"

Item # 206PSR17A 

A rare and exquisite study of a Standing Cow by Isidore Jules Bonheur, the bronze model depicts a cow walking up a slope over a naturalistic base with her head raised to peer towards the horizon. The surface texture is typical of Bonheur's careful attention to detail with lightly incised hairs and careful modeling of her face; his ability to capture her muscled body and complex anatomical features is self-evident.

Cast by his brother-in-law Hippolyte Peyrol, the model is marked with the typical miniscule cold-stamp to the reverse of the base. Typical of the foundry, the quality is exceedingly good with a translucent patina and fine chiseling that leaves the surface without flaw.

An incredibly scarce model on the open market. Cattle were a passion of Bonheur and the present model is one of many various compositions that captured both cows and bulls striding, standing, running and charging. The present example is a particularly sensitive and timeless showcasing of the reserved and gentle nature of this powerful creature.

Measurements: 15" W x 11 1/2" H x 5 1/2" D

Condition Report:
Exquisite original condition with only the most minor handling wear to patina. No observed flaws.