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After Pautrot, Ferdinand (French, 1832-1874)
This pair of bronze models of pheasants is an masterful example of the innovative Animalier sculpture style that achieved great popularity in France in the 19th Century.
Crafted with exquisite precision, these expansive French Animalier bronze models are reinterpretations of originals by the distinguished sculptor Ferdinand Pautrot. A pioneer of animal themes, Pautrot first rose to prominence after his debut at the Salon in Paris, 1861.
These bronze masterpieces capture the vivid essence of a pair of pheasants, skillfully elevated on bases designed to echo the grandeur of nature. The models are adorned with a deep, dark brown patina and finely detailed surfaces that bring a sense of life to their presentation.
The birds' resplendent feathers are artfully depicted to communicate a sense of movement, further enriched by the deep, shadowy tones of the patina. The foundation further enhances the aesthetic appeal with intricate depictions of lush foliage, setting a picturesque scene for the elegant birds.
Crafted in the waning years of the 19th century, these bronze masterpieces epitomize the French fondness for Animalier sculpture, a genre that gained popularity during this era. This was a marked shift from the traditional perception, which held that only human subjects or Renaissance replicas were suitable themes for bronze works. This change in artistic preference was endorsed by notable figures including King Louis-Philippe and other members of the French Royal Family.
These stunning pheasant models are more than mere decorative pieces; they offer an enchanting allure to those who appreciate the artistry of bronze crafting. Moreover, they are sure to capture the attention of ornithology enthusiasts and nature lovers, making them a truly versatile addition to any collection.
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