Highly sought after stunning Bronze group of a Mare and Foal by Christophe Fratin on a mound base. (French 1800-1864) signed Fratin. Christophe Fratin (1 January 1801 – 16 August 1864), was a noted French sculptor in the animalier style, and one of the earliest French sculptors to portray animals in bronze. He was born in Metz, Moselle, France, the son of a taxidermist. He first studied drawing under Pioche in Metz and later in the studio of Theodore Gericault in Paris.
He exhibited in Paris from 1831-1842 and 1850 – 1862 and also at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. There is a permanent Fratin sculpture on display in the Louvre as well as the museums of Metz, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nimes and at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
During his lifetime he received monumental commissions in France and elsewhere including Deux Aiges Gardant Leur Proie (Eagles and Prey created in 1850), and displayed since 1863 in Central Park New York.
Many of his sculptures portray horses and the detail and finesse he achieves is of exceptional quality.
Size: H 37 cm W 43cm D 14cm
Year: 19th Century
Stock No: PA651