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A French Bronze Figure of Griffin
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A French Bronze Figure of Griffin

Circa 1900

Measurements: Overall: 33cm (in) x 30cm (in)



Bronze. Modelled ‘statant guardant’. Mounted on a moulded dark marble base.
After a model by Pierre Roche (1855-1922), the French sculptor, painter, ceramist and medallist who studied at the Academy Julian, 1873-1878, under Alfred Roll, and exhibited at the Paris Salon, 1884-1889. In 1888 Roche tried sculpture to compete for a monument to the French Revolutionary Georges Danton, leading to encouragement by sculptor and teacher Jules Dalou. He went on to produce a number of commissioned works, like the fountain April (1906) in the Musee Galliera gardens, and L’Effort. (1898) in the Garden du Luxembourg, Paris. His works are collected in the Musee D’Orsay, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,  Courtauld Institute and Harvard University Art Museums.