French Sculpture Census

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

Maker: Calla

Deux aigles gardant leur proie
Two Eagles Keeping Their Prey, Eagles over a dead chamois

1850
bronze

group
150 x 72 x 72
at the bottom right: FRATIN / VETHEUIL / 1850
at the bottom left: FONDU PAR / CALLA / A PARIS

Credit Line : Presented by G. W. Burnham

New York, New York, Central Park

www.centralparknyc.org

Provenance

  • 1851, London, International Exposition, exhibited by Fratin at founder Aubanel
  • 1853-1854, New York, International Exposition, exhibited by Aubanel
  • 1863, New York, Central Park, Presented by G. W. Burnham (first sculpture to be ever installed in Central Park)

Bibliography

  • http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christophe_Fratin, June 19 2011
  • http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/centralpark/monuments/427
  • 1851 Travaux de la commission française
    Exposition universelle de 1851. Travaux de la commission française sur l'industrie des nations, publiés par ordre de l'Empereur, Paris, 1854, tome VI, p. 143 : M. Aubanel, de Paris, qui a obtenu la seconde grande médaille, avait exposé (...) On a distingué surtout une grande composition de M. Fratin, représentant deux aigles qui s'abattent sur leur proie. Ce groupe a été fondu par M. Calla, de Paris, dont la réputation comme un de nos premiers fondeurs de fer et de bronze est si bien établie, qu'elle nous dispense de tout éloge à son égard.
  • 1854 Silliman and Goodrich
    Benjamin Silliman and C.R. Goodrich, The World of science, art and industry illustrated from examples in the New-York Exhibition, 1853-54, New-York, G.P. Putnam and Company, 1854, p. 19: "a magnificent pair of eagles and goat, in bronze, designed by Fratin, and sent by Aubanel, of Paris"
  • 1909 Catalogue
    Catalogue of the works of art belonging to the city of New York, the art commission of the city of New York, New York, 1909, p. 172 (available online : http://babel.hathitrust.org

Exhibition

  • 1851 London
    Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, London, Crystal Palace, May 1-October 15, 1851, no. 1235: FRATIN, Sculptor, at M. Aubanel's, 43 rue de Trévise, Paris. - Group of eagles, in bronze. (Aubanel receives a Council Medal for his exhibit)
  • 1853-1854 New York
    Exhibition of Industry of All Nations, New York, Crystal Palace, July 14, 1853-November 14, 1854: Eagles over a dead chamois, bronze by Fratin, exhibited by Aubanel, of Paris

Related Works

On same subject:
see Stanislas Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'école française au dix-neuvième siècle, Paris, 1916, t. 2, p. 404-405:
Eagle and Vultur Quarreling over a Prey, bronze group, exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1839 no. 2204.
The Triumph of the Eagle, plaster group, exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1850 no. 1397.
[One of those two groups could be related to the group in Central Park.]
Eagles, bronze group, Esplanade, Metz, Moselle, France. The plaster group was commissioned by the Minister of Interior, November 10, 1852, for the sum of 2,000 francs entirely paid by June 4, 1853. The bronze cast was made upon a ministerial decision of December 14, 1852, for the sum of 5,000 francs, paid February 13, 1854.