Panthère Saissant un Cerf (Panther Seizing a Stag)
Signed BARYE and stamped Susse Fres. on the base
Bronze with black patina
13½ x 19 x 10 inches (34.3 x 48.2 x 25.4 cm)
First modeled by Barye in 1829, the present sculpture is a first edition from 1830. The model for Panther Seizing a Stag was later purchased by the Susse foundry in the 1930s. The works cast in the 1940s are marked "Susse Édit" and those from 1850s are marked "SUSSE Fres." This is the first Panther Seizing a Stag work Barye completed – the later models had larger more naturalistic bases and the size of the panther in relation to the stag increased. A later version, modeled in 1836 with a naturalistic base, is in the collections of the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland.
Michel Poletti and Alain Richarme, Barye: Catalogue Raisonné des Sculptures, Paris, p. 217, no. A82, illustrated