From bird, cat and horse to ape and camel, Animals in Bronze examines and illustrates the work of hundreds of sculptors and founders who have worked in this highly popular and much-collected field. The definitive animal bronzes, renowned for their vigour and authenticity, are those of Antoine-Louis Barye, and there is full coverage of his work ...Read MoreFrom bird, cat and horse to ape and camel, Animals in Bronze examines and illustrates the work of hundreds of sculptors and founders who have worked in this highly popular and much-collected field. The definitive animal bronzes, renowned for their vigour and authenticity, are those of Antoine-Louis Barye, and there is full coverage of his work here, along with that of others of his school. However, the scope of the book extends well beyond the confines of Les Animaliers to include the output of artists such as Troubetzkoy, Bugatti, Pompon, Haseltine, John Willis Good and Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. Space is also devoted to several of today's practitioners. The main body of the book is arranged by subject matter, enabling the reader to observe trends in the portrayals of different animals from the 1830s onwards. In addition, the biographical index of artists gives page references to illustrated pieces, so that the work of particular sculptors can also be followed across different subject areas. OtherRead Less
Very good in very good dust jacket. Text in English, Spanish. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 424 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Antique Collectors Club, 1997. Hardback. Antique Collectors Club, 1997: reprint of the 1986 first edition: hardcover in decorative dust jacket: approximately 8.5 x 11" tall: 424 pages: decorative endpapers: 55 colour illustrations: 900 black and white illustrations: price revision list for 2000 enclosed. Synopsis: A scholarly, comprehensive and copiously illustrated description and evaluation of animal bronze sculptures. The author presents his findings in three sections: the opening section dealing with the technicalities of the casting process, and offering advice to collectors on the selection of bronzes; the second section describes and evaluates, presenting bronzes in species arranged in alphabetical order enabling a reader to compare the differing treatment of the same subject, and to observe the development of technique and style; the final section contains a biographical index of more than 700 sculptors and founders with examples of their work contained in the book cross referenced. Condition: very clean and good overall/almost as new.
This book is a must have for anybody interested in Animalier Bronzes. The information contained is very comprehensive and it is difficult to believe that any other similar publication could come close. Countless illustrations supplement the text. The only downside is that the valuations are well out of date but this should in no way detract from the book. The cost of the book could be recouperated after purchasing 1 bronze armed with the new found knowledge.
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