Bonheur, Isidore Jules

  • “Polo Players” Bronze with light brown patina, 13 x 23 inches, Signed: Isidore Bonheur
  • “Le Grand Jockey” Bronze with dark brown patina, 37.25 x 43 x 13 inches, Signed on base, Signed with the editeur’s name and address on base: ‘BOUDET 43 RUE DES CAPUCINES’
  • “Le Grand Jockey” Bronze with dark brown patina, 37.25 x 43 x 13 inches, Signed on base, Signed with the editeur’s name and address on base: ‘BOUDET 43 RUE DES CAPUCINES’
  • “Le Grand Jockey” Bronze with dark brown patina, 37.25 x 43 x 13 inches, Signed on base, Signed with the editeur’s name and address on base: ‘BOUDET 43 RUE DES CAPUCINES’
  • “Le Grand Jockey” Bronze with dark brown patina, 37.25 x 43 x 13 inches, Signed on base, Signed with the editeur’s name and address on base: ‘BOUDET 43 RUE DES CAPUCINES’
  • “Le Grand Jockey” Bronze with dark brown patina, 37.25 x 43 x 13 inches, Signed on base, Signed with the editeur’s name and address on base: ‘BOUDET 43 RUE DES CAPUCINES’
  • “Le Grand Jockey” Bronze with dark brown patina, 37.25 x 43 x 13 inches, Signed on base, Signed with the editeur’s name and address on base: ‘BOUDET 43 RUE DES CAPUCINES’
  • “Cavalier Louis XIV” Bronze, 40 x 38 x 13 inches, Signed on base: “J. d'ESTRAY Bronze Made in France” stamp on base, Literature: Michael Forrest, Art Bronzes (1988), p. 166 (illus. of another cast)
  • “Cavalier Louis XIV” (detail) Bronze, 40 x 38 x 13 inches, Signed on base: “J. d'ESTRAY Bronze Made in France” stamp on base, Literature: Michael Forrest, Art Bronzes (1988), p. 166 (illus. of another cast)

French, (1827-1901)

Polo Players
Casts of this model are extremely rare, with only two other examples known of the complete group. Exhibited French Salon, 1897. The Noble Horse – Man and Horse in Western Art History, April 4 – May 26, 1998. The Metropolitan Teian Art Museum, cat. no. 77, page 130. Illustrated Watson, J.N.P. (ed.) Collecting Sporting Art. London: The Sportmans Press, 1988, p. 98. Watson, J.N.P. The World of Polo Past and Present. Topsfield, MA: Salem House Publishers, 1986, p. 37.

Le Grand Jockey
Was first exhibited at the Salon in Paris in 1879 as ‘Un Jockey.’
This image of a victorious jockey performing a congratulatory pat to his horse’s neck is Bonheur’s most well-known work. Le Grand Jockey was cast in four different sizes. It is rare to find examples of this large 38″ (95 cm) size.

Sources

Forrest, Michael. Art Bronzes. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1988. Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Work, from Its Foundation in 1796 to 1904. London, UK: S. R. Publishers, 1970 (reissue)

Horswell, Jane. “Les Animaliers”: Reference and Price Guide. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: The Antique Collectors’ Club, 1971.

Kjellberg, Pierre. Bronzes of the 19th Century. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing LTD, 1994.

Mackay, James. The Animaliers – A Collector’s Guide to the Animal Sculptors of the 19th & 20th Centuries.Toronto, Canada: Clarke, Irwin & Company, 1973.

Payne, Christopher. Animals in Bronze: Reference and Price Guide. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: The Antique Collectors’ Club, 1986.