Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris)
modeled ca. 1838, cast unknown
5 1/4 x 6 5/8 x 2 in. (13.3 x 16.8 x 5.1 cm)
Purchase, H. Rodes and Patricia Hart Gift, 2009
Not on view
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 (below the left rear leg of the deer) (in the cast): BARYE.
[ sale, Sotheby's, New York , October 29, 1982, lot 210 ] ; Joseph G. Reinis , New York (until 2009; sold to MMA)