Pair of bronze putti sculptures by Lechesne

By Lechesne, Auguste Jean-Baptiste (French, 1815-1888)

£45,000

This magnificent pair of bronzes by Lechesne allegorises hunting: each nude putto is surrounded by symbols of the chase, including a hunting dog, a falcon, and a slain stag.

 

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Description

This pair of bronze groups is by the 19th Century French sculptor Auguste Jean-Baptiste Lechesne. Each group is composed of a putto situated within an elaborate multiform composition, the entire ensemble set onto a square bronze base. The putti allegorise the hunt: one putto sounds a horn, while the other holds a hooded falcon.

The putto who holds the falcon stands nude in contrapposto, his right hand braced against his hip, his left hand holding aloft a falcon, and his head tilted back, eyes raised to the sky. Around him, intricately cast forms allude to the hunt: there is a horn, armour, and another hunting falcon, all set amongst finely cast shrubbery.

The putto who blows the horn stands with a similar posture to his companion. He is surrounded by yet more allusions to the hunt: he holds back a hunting dog with his left hand while standing victoriously over the corpse of a slain stag. He, too, is placed within an environment of branches and leaves and other fragments of nature.

The base of the putto with the falcon is signed ‘Ate Lechesne de Caen 1856’.

Putto with bird: Height 50cm, width 40cm, depth 35cm
Putto with horn: Height 46cm, width 42cm, depth 30cm

Details

Artist / Maker
By Lechesne, Auguste Jean-Baptiste (French, 1815-1888)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
1856
Period
19th Century
Style
Baroque, Figurative Art, Hunting
Material
Bronze, Patinated Bronze
Colour
Brown, Metallic

Dimensions

Height
50 cm / 19.7 inches
Width
40 cm / 15.7 inches
Depth
35 cm / 13.8 inches

Reference:
16246

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