Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris )
modeled perhaps ca. 1840 or in 1846, cast probably before 1847
20 x 27 in. (50.8 x 68.6 cm.)
Rogers Fund, 1910
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
In 1838 Barye obtained a commercial patent for casting small bronzes, and by 1845 he had formed a partnership with the entrepreneur Emile Martin for the purpose of producing small bronzes in quantity for middle-class collectors. Barye soon began to market his bronzes with the aid of a series of catalogues that permitted the purchaser to order from a variety of models. The earliest catalogue was published in 1844. The catalogue of 1847 stated that each bronze would be numbered and punch marked, but the marking system was quickly abandoned, perhaps because of its very success. After Barye's death, the models were bought by a number of founders, some of whom continued to use them for many years.
Signature: Near octopus: BARYE
Marking: Cold-stamped: BARYE 4 (near head of octopus)