Sculptor - Alfred Dubucand
Title - Setter
Sand Cast Bronze
10" height by 14 1/4" length
(25.4 cm by 36 cm)
Hunting dogs were very popular in the art of the 19th century and these dogs were also widely used to put food on the table. Most of the dog breeds were Pointers, Setters, Spaniels, and Retrievers and many of them looked quite different in the mid 19th century than they do today. This makes it difficult to know exactly what breed is shown in a sculpture unless the artist has engraved a title on it.
This big handsome dog is probably a Setter or a French Spaniel, or possibly even a Retriever. He is beautifully modeled with much detail in his fur texture and face. This dog must have been popular since Dubucand used the same dog in other compositions, he is shown with a Hare at his feet and also carrying a Pheasant in his mouth. This model was done in two sizes, this is the largest size. We also offer the other two variations, but this bronze shows just the Setter walking in a woodland with foliage on the base and a stump by the dog’s feet.
One of Dubucand’s best works, it is a very fine 19th century cast, and this big bronze would be enjoyed by any dog lover. The bronze has a rich dark brown patina and is signed on the base.