Art of Bronze is pleased to present this classic bronze statue of a huntsman with his hounds after Hippolyte Moreau and Prosper Lecourtier) from a private Brentwood, CA estate. The sculpture is depicting a huntsman getting ready to blow his horn giving instructions to his fox hunting party & hounds instructions. Horn calls vary depending on the situation, but they are usually a series of short notes produced in a rapid fashion. This huntsman stands on a rocky outcrop (which is set in a circular marble base), holding the leash of the two hounds beside him in his left hand.
This sculpture has marvelous detailing throughout the elaborate clothing design, sword and horn. The owner was a passionate collector of many different styles of bronze sculpture artwork. If you have a love for hunting & tradition, call an Art of Bronze representative at (805) 908-5355.
The sculpture is mounted on a green marble base with brass plaque. The statue is in very good condition, with some minor nicks to marble base. The leash and horn are intact, which often isn’t the case on older bronzes with smaller, delicate features. Minor surface buildup makes the patina get better with age.
Hunting scenes were common in 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th century art, with dogs depicted as integral to the hunt, as well as a constant companion to the hunter. Recognized for their unparalleled sense of smell, acute vision, and incredible stamina, dogs were bred for specific types of hunting, including bird and waterfowling, fox and deer hunting, or hunting smaller prey like rabbit. After the establishment of The Kennel Club in the UK in 1873 and the American Kennel Club in 1884, breed standards were introduced and dog portraits and art increased in popularity.
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