Sculptor - Louis-Theophile Hingre
Title - Poule avec des poussins
Sand Cast Bronze
6 7/8" height by 3 1/2" length
(15 cm by 9 cm)
Louis-Theophile Hingre (1832 - 1911) was born in Ecouen (Val-dOise), France on November 19th 1832. He was entirely an animal sculptor, first exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1863 and continuing until 1910 exhibiting more than 30 models, most in plaster. His works consist of bas-relief plaques of animals to small statuettes and small animal groups including bulls, mice, chickens, and other birds.
Our cast of a hen with chicks is rather unusual as it was never finished by the foundry and still bears the lines, marks, sprue, and vent from the sand mold that were never smoothed and filed away. It is rather amazing to see these markings and we have never come across another 19th century sculpture in an unfinished state such as this one. It has developed a natural patina in the 140 years since it was cast