EXCEPTIONAL ESTATE OFFERING ~ LE GRAND JOCKEY ~ Scarce Bronze ~ Isidore Jules Bonheur, French (1827-1901)

Isidore Jules Bonheur, French (1827-1901)
Le Grand Jockey
Bronze, dark brown patina
37.25 x 43 x 13 Inches
Signed on base

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Among the wide variety of animal sculptures by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901) exhibited at the Salon* were a number of mounted equestrian models including three studies of jockeys on horseback, shown in 1864, 1879 and 1886. The most famous of these is “Le Grand Jockey” or “The Large Jockey”.

The work shows a victorious jockey patting his horse on the neck in congratulation. First exhibited in bronze at the 1879 Salon, it was awarded the prestigious Medaille d’Or.

LE GRAND JOCKEY (“The Large Jockey”) has been cast using the finest pure bronze.. It boasts a gorgeous patina finish applied under very high heat to fuse into the bronze itself.

The inscription BOUDET 43 Bd des Capucines, Paris corresponds to the editeur who has purchased one or more plaster molds from the original artist and has the rights to reproduce the sculpture in a variety of sizes. Boudet was known for ordering a variety of molds and versions of Bonheur’s works, which he would reproduce generally in more than one size. His name and address can be found inscribed along the base of his Bonheur sculptures.

Similar Bonheur sold in 2007 at Sotheby’s in London for $285, 035 USD

*Paris Salon (French: Salon de Paris), beginning in 1725 was the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France

Between 1748–1890 it was the greatest annual or biannual art event in the Western world. From 1881 onward, it has been organized by the Société des Artistes Français.

Do remember these large casts are very difficult to find on the market today .

If you have any further inquiries,
Please call Jeanne Chisholm: 845.505.1147


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