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Bear Cub Grooming

Artist:
Paul Wayland Bartlett (American, New Haven, Connecticut 1865–1925 Paris)
Date:
1887
Geography:
Made in United States
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 9 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (24.1 x 24.4 x 27 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.166
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 766
In 1889 Bartlett earned a grand prix for his lifesize bronze Bohemian Bear Tamer at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. The multifigure sculpture, now on view in the Charles Engelhard Court of the American Wing, was purchased for the Metropolitan in 1891 (acc. no. 91.14). Bartlett capitalized on its success by casting reductions after the Gypsy figure and standing bear as well as the seated bear cub; he was one of the first American sculptors to generate income by issuing such editions. His sophisticated knowledge of animal anatomy, expertly revealed in these statuettes, was acquired through study with the leading French animal sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet.
Signature: [right of self base]: Paul W. Bartlett / 1887

Marking: [rear right edge of self base]: Tiffany & Co.
Medallic Art Collection of American Bronzes, until 1977; its sale, [Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, September 29, 1977, lot 89]; private collection, New York, 1977–2005; [Conner-Rosenkranz, New York, 2005].
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