Pheasant, ca. 1870-1890
H. 7 1/4 in. x W. 3 in. x L. 11 1/2 in.
Born in Paris, France, on November 25, 1828, Dubucand
was an adept Animalier sculptor who studied in the Paris
studios of sculptors Lequien and Antoine Louis Barye.
Modeled with exceptional detail, some Dubucand bronzes
are patinated in the multi-colored style favored by Barye.
Dubucand’s attention to detail and his ability to
capture lifelike movement set him apart from many of those
in the Animalier school. He made his debut at the Salon
of 1867 with a wax model of a dead pheasant, and he continued
to exhibit at annual Salons with great success until 1883.
This Pheasant may be one of a pair of male and
female pheasants executed by Dubucand in the last quarter
of the nineteenth century.