1819 - 1891
LA CHASSE AU LION (THE LION HUNT)
bronze, brown patina
80 by 95cm., 31½ by 37⅜in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few stable original casting joints, including at the horse's tail, both hind legs and the horse's proper right front leg. There is minor greening in areas such as the reclining man's torso and the rider's back. The wire of the horse's reins is probably later. There are a few minor stable casting fissures, notably to the horse. The spear is slightly bent. A few small lacunae to the terrasse. There is an original circular casting plug to the horse's belly on the proper left side, which protrudes slightly.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Aimé Millet was born in Paris, son of the miniaturist F. Millet. He was a pupil of David d'Angers and Viollet le Duc. Exhibiting for the first time at the Salon in 1840, he went on to win a first class medal in 1857 and to become a Chavalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1859. The present evocative group encapsulates Millet's skill for monumental groups, in an orientalist style very much en vogue at the time.
S. Lami, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de L'école Française, Paris, 1914, pp. 451-9