This patinated bronze statue of a huntsman with hounds sits on a tall marble pedestal. The highly detailed statue is a mix of natural bronze, variegated green, and black patination. A huntsman is a member of the fox hunting party that gives the hounds (and hunters) instructions by blowing a horn. Horn calls vary depending on the situation, but they are usually a series of short notes produced in a rapid fashion. Our huntsman stands on a rocky outcrop (which is set in a circular marble base), holding the leash of the two hounds beside him in his left hand. His right hand holds the horn at shoulder level, appearing as if he is about to sound the horn.
At roughly 2 ½ feet tall, the statue creates quite a display when placed on the 3 ½ feet tall green marble column (total height is 6 feet 3 inches). The capital is adorned with tapered molding just above the turned shaft, which is followed by the reeded bottom section. A series of quarter round molding sits above the octagonal base.
The statue is after the Hippolyte Moreau and Prosper Lecourtier original bronze, which is from France in the late 19th century. Our statue was cast during the early to mid-1900’s and is signed “F. de Luca” (possibly Francesco or Ferdinando) by the huntsman’s right foot. The statue is in very good condition, including the leash and horn, which often isn’t the case on older bronzes with smaller, delicate features. This type of piece would work well in a hunting lodge or gentleman’s library.
CONDITION: Very good condition, with some minor nicks to marble base. Minor surface buildup.