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Jaguar Sleeping

Artist:
Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris)
Date:
modeled late 1830s, cast probably before 1847
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, brown patina
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/4 × 12 3/16 in. (8.3 × 31 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1940
Accession Number:
40.22.3
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: Signed on top of base: BARYE

Inscription: In black paint on underside of base: 105; in black paint or chalk on underside of base: [1] 14592 (?); [2] CA 1123 (almost illegible)

Marking: Cold stamped: BARYE 2
[ Knoedler and Co., New York ; sold to Ryan ] ; Clendenin J. Ryan , New York (until 1940; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 19–20, 1940, no. 106; sold to MMA)
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