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A Hunter and Hounds: A bronze figural group, after the model by Nikolai Lieberich (1828-1883), late 19th century
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A Hunter and Hounds: A bronze figural group, after the model by Nikolai Lieberich (1828-1883), late 19th century
Estimate
18,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
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A Hunter and Hounds: A bronze figural group, after the model by Nikolai Lieberich (1828-1883), late 19th century
dark brown patina, impressed in Russian 'sculpted by N. Lieberich/ 1860/ S. P.'
width 33.5cm, 13 1/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

Colonel Nikolai Lieberich (1828-1883) was one of the first Russian artists to make the move from rigid academism to naturalism in sculpture.  His works offer a glimpse into the lives of distinctive national types, including officers, hunters and peasants, as well as faithful and dynamic representation of animals.  An avid hunter himself, Lieberich captures the tradition of hare hounding with precision and attention to detail.  The chief whipper-in is here modelled performing the traditional preparation of the caught hare, when bits of the hind legs are offered as encouragements to the dogs, while the rest of the catch is attached to the saddle’s game straps.  The sculptor’s style was praised for its simplicity and truthfulness, capturing the smallest details of the historic hunting equipment, the equanimity of the hunter and the obedient postures of the dogs.  When his works were exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition in London, an article in The Times noted that Lieberich bronzes ‘...in their perfect finish, their spirit and lifelikeness cannot be compared to anything else in this category presented at the exhibition’.

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