Sculptor - Antoine Louis Barye
Title - Tortue
Sand Cast Bronze
This sculpture has been Sold
Barye created a huge and varied volume of animal sculptures over his long career, which range from large public commissions and monuments to small decorative pieces. While he is best known for his Lions and Panthers, Barye also did a few small sculptures of Turtles and Crocodiles.
Reptiles are quite unusual in sculpture and Barye did these small models during his early years while working with the goldsmith Fauconnier in the 1830s. These small Turtles were cast in two sizes and also with a base showing leaves and insects, they were probably intended for paperweights. They were also used as the feet on Barye's large Candelabras and his serving dish.
This bronze Turtle was cast in the 1870s, it is the larger size Turtle, and shows good detail in the shell and the scales. It has a deep brown patina and is free standing without a bronze base, it is signed underneath. An interesting and rare model, it feels very much like a live turtle when you hold it in hand.