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Maurice Le Blanc (French, 19th Century)
Bird with Two Chicks
Born in Braine-sur-Vesle at mid-century, Le Blanc regularly exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français where he received an honorable mention in 1887. In this small but animated sculpture, a mother bird hovers over her two chicks, one seemingly chirping to get her attention...
Auguste Nicolas Cain (French, 1822-1894)
Parisian Auguste Nicolas Cain was considered to be one of the premier animal sculptors of his day. Originally a joiner, he turned to sculpture through the influence of his father-in law, artist P.J. Mêne. Cain studied with sculptors Rude and Guionnet and worked in both wax and bronze...
Eugène Laurent (French, 1832-1898)
Sculpture in bronze, signed on base.
Laurent’s artistic career began under the tutelage of Coinchon. He went forth to become a successful artist during his life, first exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1861. Best known for his portrait busts and figures of celebrities, Laurent was selected to create two public monuments...
Jean-Francois Theodore Gechter
Greyhound on a Rocky Outcropping
Bronze sculpture with a dark brown patina, signed.
Provenance: from the Estate of Virgil McMahan
A lifelong Parisian, Gechter studied under Bosio and Gros. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1827-1844. At the age of 41, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour...
Mario Zamora Alcantara
(Honduran, b. 1920) Kudu
Bronze sculpture, signed: “M. Zamora A.” and inscribed: “Mex 69 V-XV”.
Zamora Alcantara was born in Honduras but spent most of his life in Mexico. He studied at the Tegucigalpa School of Arts and Crafts (now the National School of Fine Arts) under the tutelage of Alfredo Ruiz Barrera. In 1944 he emigrated to Mexico where he was in the San Carlos Academy until 1948...
Bronze of a Setter
By Clovis-Edmond Masson (French, 1838-1913)
Signed and Inscribed: "Salon des Beaux Arts"
Clovis Edmund Masson was born in Paris, where he also died in 1913. He was the student of Santiago, Barye and Rouillard. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1867 to 1881 and also exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he won an honorable mention in 1890...
Lambert Alexandre Léonard (French, 1831-1877)
Partridge with Worm
A lifelong Parisian, Léonard studied under Jacquot, Rouillard and Barye specializing in Animalier sculpture. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1851-1873...
Jean Baptiste Clésinger (French, 1814-1883)
Bronze figure of the Greek poet Sappho (c. 630 BC) holding her lyre, signed and titled and with “Bronzes Artistiques de Paris” founder’s seal.
Known to his friends as Auguste, Clésinger was trained in sculpting by his father, a renown stone mason and monument sculptor. Although, he did not begin exhibiting until age 49, his reputation was quickly established. He proceeded to exhibit extensively and won numerous medals...