FRATIN, Christophe

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

Vache mugissant au-dessus d'une clôture

Cow Lowing over a Fence

model c. 1845/1864, cast possibly by 1865



Dimensions (HxWxD): overall: 9 1516 x 15 1516 x 2 38; framed: 11 x 17 516 x 2 38 in.

upper left reverse, by cold-work: n 2
[an inscription to its right has been obliterated by cold-work]

Acc. No.: 1983.65.1

Credit Line: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist:


  • Private collection
  • by November 1962, London, Mallett at Bourdon House Limited
  • 1964, sold to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia
  • 1983, gift to the NGA


  • Museum's website, 28 March 2012
  • 1994 NGA Sculpture Catalogue
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 91, repro.
  • 2000 Butler and Lindsay
    Ruth Butler, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000, p. 230-233, color repr.


  • 1962 London
    The "Animaliers": French Animal Sculpture of the 19th Century, London, Mallett at Bourdon House Limited, 1962, no. 45