Delightful late19th Century French Animaliers bronze study of a turning whippet looking around in an attitude to play, with rich brown colour and fine hand chased surface detail. Signed L Mayer and raised on an oval rouge griotte marble plinth.
Height: 17 cm
Width: 22 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Although many earlier examples can be found, animalier sculpture became more popular, and reputable, in early 19th century Paris with the works of Antoine-Louis Barye (1795–1875) for whom the term was coined and who became the ‘Father of the Animaliers School’ and Pierre Jules Mêne considered the finest realist sculptor of the era. By the mid-century, a taste for animal subjects was very widespread among all sections of society.