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Bronze Owl by A. Cerrien

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Artist: A. Cerrien

A small fine animalier bronze of an owl about to swoop on a toad. A good, deep brown patina and with excellent, sensitive afterwork, mounted on the original black marble base.


Signed in the casting 'A. Cerrien 1846' and engraved to the front of the bronze base with the title 'Moyen Due'.


h:4 ins x 4 3/4 ins x 3 1/8 ins


We can find almost nothing about the sculptor of this fine, accomplished, bronze work, save that he seems to have been amongst a close group of friends of Jean Meissonier (1815-1891). In his 19th century biography by Octave Greard, Cerrien is always referred to as  in the past and '..dear Cerrien, the remembrance of whom is so constantly in my mind......'. One wonders if this was a talent who died young; this work dated to the beginnings of the Animalier Movement and the work of Antoine-Louis Barye, around 1830.


Item Code: 4291

£ 795

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