French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Image courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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FRATIN, Christophe
Metz, Moselle 1801 - Le Raincy, Seine-Saint-Denis 1864

Maker: Daubrée, Alfred

Cheval cabré
Prancing Stallion

mid-19th century

equestrian statue(tte)
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 3
stamped on base: FRATIN
founders mark on side of base: DAUBREE
three labels under base:
(1) Fratin, Christophe / Prancing Stallion / Bronze 7 1/2; L9
(2) Fratin, Christophe 2670 / Prancing Stallion / PM 3023
(3) PM 3023

Acc. No. : 99.121
Credit Line : Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


  • 1999, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon


  • Museum's website, accessed August 6, 2018


  • 2002 Richmond
    Gone Away: Gifts from the Estate of Paul Mellon, Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mellon Gallery, February 6-September 29, 2002


Museum's website, August 6, 2018:
Fratin was a disciple of the great French Romantic artist Théodore Géricault, which might explain his broad, free, and painterly handling of the bronze.
See also about Fratin's bronzes cast by founder Alfred Daubrée: