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"L'accolade" animal sculpture, bronze animal horse / horses, 19th century - Pignolet Gallery

"L'accolade" animal sculpture, bronze animal horse / horses, 19th century


  • Period:19th Century
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):22 x 31 x 12 cm
  • Weight:4,5 Kg
  • Condition:Excellent
  • Style:Realism / Classicism
  • Material:Bronze
  • Price:1650 €

  • Belgium Delivery:On request
  • International Delivery:On request

"Accolade of two stallions", equestrian animal sculpture in bronze, 19th century casting.
A qualitative bronze group with a brown patina, it rests on a free-form terrace representing a finely chiselled natural ground (see detail images).
The horses (pure Arabian blood) are of a rare expression, probably a little scared by the presence of a dog...
This animal bronze represents two horses, the first one at the walk, right front raised (located in the foreground), the second one at the walk, it is bridled and gored, right rear raised (located in the background).
Very nice original condition.

It looks strangely like the very well known "l'accolade des chevaux" by Charles VALTON and Antoine-Louis BARYE, except for the presence of a barking dog (bulldog), a subject that Charles VALTON has dealt with at length.
Charles Valton (1851-1918), French animal sculptor trained in the workshops of Emmanuel Frémiet and Antoine-Louis Barye, the horse being one of his favourite subjects. He participated in the Salon from 1868 to 1914.
Resemblance also with Jean-François-Théodore Gechter, it is less probable....
This equestrian group was initially and most certainly placed on a pedestal (probably in marble and probably signed), the fixing points can still be seen under the four corners of the sculpture (see pictures).