Lion on base
Bronze technique, patina
Old style cast iron
Signed at its base on the pedestal
Christophe Fratin was born in Metz on 1st January 1801. After studying at the Free Drawing School in Metz, where he was a pupil of Carle Vernet and Theodore Géricault in Paris with whom he share a common love for horses.
Since 1831, he regularly exhibited at the “Salons”, he rubbed shoulders with Antoine-Louis Barye who imposed himself successively with the “Tigre dévorant un Gavial“ in 1831, and his monumental “Lion au serpent” in 1833, outshining Fratin. He eventually met with success and esteem: the critics were glowing, his works sold well.
The sculptor's repeated successes at the Salons of 1834, 1835 and 1836 aroused the interest of the aristocracy. He worked at the “Castle of Dampierre for the Duke of Luynes, where he made the Lions on the pediment of the main building and important interior decoration works. Fratin, who excels in the production of decorative objects, will provide four small pieces for the creation of a princely table centre piece, of which Barye is the main craftsman.
Fratin's public quickly became international: he move to England between 1833 and 1834, probably as a result of the sale (or order) of the two models of the Greyhound Show after the “Forcé” and the “Dogue à la chaîne” The purchaser is a member of Parliament, Lord Powerscourt, who will set these groups at the entrance of his castle. The artist also creates large romantic groups in Potsdam at the castle of Sans-Souci and the castle of Babelsberg where some of them are still preserved. Throughout his career, the interest of the English clientele will not wane. This tireless worker even exported his works to St. Petersburg where they decorated the park of the Emperor of Russia.
- Bronze, Bronze (patinated)
- Designer/ Artist
- Christophe Fratin (1801-1864)
- Estimated Period
- 19th century
- Country of Origin
- Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
- 29×14×46 cm
- 15 kg