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French (?), mid-nineteenth
century (?)
Bear
Cast bronze
H. 8 7/8 in. x W. 4 in. x L. 6 in.
Metz 254

Small figures of bears were a favorite subject of mid-nineteenth-century French Animalier sculptors such as Christophe Fratin. This small, well-modeled bear is unsigned, but its attention to detail, small scale, and dark patination may place it in that school.

 
 
 
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