Sculptor - Charles Valton
Title - Chained Mastiff
Sand Cast Bronze
14 1/4" height by 11" length
(36 cm by 28 cm)
Valton was known for his big cats but probably his most famous work is the Chained Mastiff dog. The model was exhibited at the Salon and won much praise. It was a popular piece and was cast in several sizes, from a small desk top version up to an almost life size bronze.
This bronze is one of the larger versions and is very finely detailed, even the clasp holding the chain on the dog's studded collar is a functioning cast bronze clasp. The sign on the post reads PASSEZ AU LARGE in French which pretty much translates to BEWARE OF THE DOG. It is finished in a deep brown black patina.
The subject of a chained fighting dog was done by several French artists in the late 19th century as the bulldog and pit bull or mastiff breeds were very popular in England and America at this time. It is a powerful subject as the dog lunges on his chain.