French Sculpture Census

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FRATIN, Christophe
Metz, Moselle 1801 - Le Raincy, Seine-Saint-Denis 1864

L'Ours dentiste
L'Ours Dentiste [The Dentist Bear]

c. 1864-1870
metal

group
H. 2 7/16 x diam. 13 [error]

Acc. No. : FRDO 1894
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

https://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm

Provenance

  • In the home of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), on his desk

Bibliography

  • National Park Service Museum Collections website (accessed July 27, 2018)

Comment



Website's information (accessed July 27, 2018):
The French sculptor was well known for his figures of animals, in particular, bears engaged in human activities. This cire perdue [lost wax process] sculpture on Mr. Douglass' desk in his study features two bears. One is doing dental work on the other bear seated in a dental chair. The dentist has a pair of pliers in one hand. The other hand restrains the seated patient bear.