French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : ph. National Park Service Museum Collections
© artiste : public domain

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

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

vers 1864-1870

H. 6,2 x diam. 33 [erreur]

N° d'inv. : FRDO 1894
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)


  • dans la maison de Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), sur son bureau


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


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.