Lot 12
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Arthur-Marie-Gabriel, Comte du Passage

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Arthur-Marie-Gabriel, Comte du Passage
  • Cheval à l'entraînement avec son lad (A trotting horse and groom)
  • signed: CTE du Passage
  • bronze, mid-brown patina

Catalogue Note

Arthur-Marie-Gabriel, Comte du Passage developed a fascination for horses at an early age and went on to make them the central theme of his oeuvre. He initially pursued a military career in accordance with his family's wishes, but took time out of his duties to study sculpture with two of the foremost animalier sculptors of his day, Antoine-Louis Barye and Pierre-Jules Mêne. Modelled in 1873, Cheval à l'entraînement avec son lad became one of Du Passage’s most enduring works, reflecting both his mastery of sculpture and his thorough understanding of his subjects.

P. Kjellberg, Les Bronzes du XIXe siècle. Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs, Paris, 1987, pp. 530-531; C. Payne, Animals in Bronze, Woodbridge, 1988, pp. 415-16