Emmanuel Fremiet (1824 - 1910),
Dogue s'étirant (Stretching Mastiff)
Bronze with reddish patina signed on embankment "E. Fremiet".
Bearing production number "617".
Height : 9,5 cm (3-3/4 in.) - Length : 19,5 cm (7-1/2 in.)
Student of François Rude, Emmanuel Frémiet was a very famous animal sculptor during the late 19th century. He executed among other things, Joan of Arc in Tuileries in Paris and cast-iron elephant displayed on the front courtyard of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. He also made representations of typical soldiers for Napoleon III’s army, the latter commissioned him. He exhibited at Paris salons after 1843 and was awarded in 1855 during the Universal Exposition. He was awarded "Grand Prize" in 1900.
His small animal subjects full of life are a grand classic sculpture example from the late 19th century. He is represented in many museums in France and in the provinces, notably the Museum of Decorative Arts, in Paris.