Sculptor - Isidore Jules Bonheur
Title - Two Hounds
Sand Cast Bronze
8 3/4" height by 16 1/4" length
(22.2 cm by 41.3 cm)
While Isidore Bonheur is probably best known for his superb bronzes of cattle, he also did many other fine models. This bronze of Two Hounds on the trail is full of action and life.
Hunting was popular in the mid 19th century and art of the time is full of hounds and hunters pursuing their quarry. These Hounds could be Bloodhounds since they have the long ears and powerful build, they are in full cry and hot on the scent.
The bronze has fine detail, even down to the clip holding the two dogs together. The muscles and structure of the Hounds is well sculpted and they are finished in a warm brown patina. There is no foundry mark but this is probably a Peyrol cast. It is shown on page 207 in Payne's Animals in Bronze book. A rare model that does not often come on the market, it is a wonderful example of the sculptor's work.