Sculptor - Unsigned French
Title - Combat de deux Moineaux
3 3/4" height by 5" length
(9.5 cm by 12.7 cm)
This French 19th century sculpture is made from regule which is a zinc alloy used during the 1870s. At that time, bronze metal was very expensive and hard to get due to the Franco Prussian war and many sculptors had their work cast in regule which is also known as white bronze. These casts are well detailed and finished, but they are quite rare today. The regule metal is softer and few have survived. The subject of Fighting Sparrows is a popular one, it was done by Comolera, Moigniez, Pautrot, Hingre, and others. This well detailed Combat de Moineaux has a bronze patina.