This antique sculpture of a pair of hunting dogs is made of patinated spelter and is from early 20th century France.
Spelter is an alloy made of zinc and either copper or lead. Spelter is easier to cast than other metals and can be more efficiently worked into the desired shape. The finished product often resembles bronze, except it is very lightweight, and its natural color is different. This spelter seen here has been finished with a fabulous whitewash patina.
Our sculpture depicts a pair of intensely focused hunting dogs, tracking the scent of game. The dogs are quite possibly Braque Saint-Germain, which is a European breed of pointer dog. The pointers are posed with one dog climbing on top of the other as they crouch over a rocky base.
After the original bronze by Thomas Francois Cartier, the sculpture has been inscribed “T Cartier” on the back of the base, beneath the dogs’ tails. There is a copyright mark “D.J.R. 1909” with a “Fabrication Francais” medallion on the left side of the base.
Thomas Francois Cartier (born in Marseilles in 1879; died 1943) was a French sculptor who worked in the animalier style. An animalier was a painter or sculptor that realistically depicted animals in their works of art. Cartier’s specialty was hunting dogs such as terriers and retrievers. At the beginning of the 20th century, Cartier would become an annual exhibiter at Salon des Artistes Francais, winning an honorable mention in 1908 and the gold medal in 1927.
CONDITION: Very good with minor wear.