This antique patinated cast bronze sculpture of a hunting dog with bird is after Emile Louis Truffot (1843-1895), who was a pupil of the renowned French sculptor, Francisque Joseph Duret. The stocky retriever stands proudly, with his head held high, displaying the game for the viewer. Each of the paws have felt pads on the bottom, to protect whatever furniture the sculpture is displayed on. The right hind leg of the dog has been inscribed “Truffot”, indicating that the sculpture is based off an original Truffot work. Our sculpture was most likely cast in the 1900’s.
Most of the subjects depicted by Truffot were animals, although they were sometimes paired with a human figure. The most famous work of Truffot depicts a young boy named Jean-Baptiste Jupille wrestling a rabid dog. Jupille was one of the first patients to receive a rabies vaccine from Louis Pasteur. The pairing currently graces the entrance to the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Our cast bronze hunting dog sculpture is a must have for any dog lover. It is also an attractive piece for those looking to start an animalier collection.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor buildup and fleabites. There is no exterior damage, but sediment can be heard moving inside the sculpture. A previous owner added felt pads to the bottom of the paws to protect furniture.