This patinated cast bronze of a standing stag is after the Georges Gardet sculpture from the late 1800’s, titled Le Grand Cerf or “The Great Deer”.
Georges Gardet (born 1863, died 1939) was a French sculptor and animalier. An animalier is an artist known for realistically portraying animals, usually through sculpture or painting. Gardet’s specialty was big game animals, such as deer and lions. He had a high standard of detail and presented his animals in strong poses. Considered by many as the finest animal sculptor of the late Animalier period, Gardet’s life is documented in numerous books and many of his pieces can be found in museums across the world.
Our stag is standing on an inclining landscape. There is some contour to the slope, implying a rocky terrain. The deer stands proudly with his head directed off to the side, almost as if he is peering at something off in the distance. Note the detail in the majestic antlers above the head and the thick hair on the dewlap of the neck. The piece was cast in two sections: the first is the deer itself, while the second section is the rocky base. The two pieces were joined together by original bolts that run through the deer’s legs.
The sculpture has been signed “G Gardet” on the base near the hindquarters of the stag. You can display this detailed cast bronze piece by itself or place it in a larger collection of decorative art.
CONDITION: Minor rubs and wear. Very good antique condition.