Sculptor - Rosa Bonheur

Title - Ram Sleeping

Sand Cast Bronze 
Peyrol Foundry 
 Circa 1843

3 3/4" height by 9" length 
(9.5 cm by 23 cm)

This sculpture is on Hold

Rosa Bonheur sculpted only 7 bronze subjects that were exhibited in her lifetime. She ceased doing sculpture in 1853 because she did not want to compete against her beloved brother Isadore at the Paris Salons. This bronze is an early cast by Peyrol and does not have their foundry stamp. It is constructed in the manner that was used by Hippolyte Peyrol very early in their foundry operation. The Sleeping Ram is one of the most rare of Rosa Bonheur's bronze sculptures and is almost never seen outside of museum collections. It is finely detailed and is finished in a rich brown patina.

This bronze is illustrated in the following books:

The Animaliers by James MacKay, pg. 49
Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne, pg. 370  

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