Sculptor - Christophe Fratin

Title - Ape with Basket

Sand Cast Bronze 
 
 Circa 1840s

8" height by 5 7/8" length  
(20.3cm by 15cm)

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One of Fratin's specialties was in creating humanized animals. He did many small sculptures of Bears doing human activities and a few of Apes and Monkeys acting like people. These humorous sculptures often poked fun at every day human activities.

This unusual bronze shows a large Ape or Monkey carrying a woven basket on his back, probably depicting a wood gatherer. The basket could be intended to be a matchsafe or just an amusing sculpture.

The bronze has a warm brown patina and is a sharp cast of this rare model. 

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