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BARYE, Antoine-Louis

Paris 1795 - Paris 1875

Grand Lion assis

Large Seated Lion

c. 1847

bronze (atelier)

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 14 18 × 12 × 6 14 in.

stamped on rear of base: BARYE

Acc. No.: 2012.438

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Nelson L. St. Clair, Jr.

Photo credit: Image courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Provenance

  • 2012, Gift of Mrs. Nelson L. St. Clair, Jr.

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, accessed July 27, 2018

Comment

  • Museum's website, August 1, 2018:
    This is a variant reduction of a monumental lion commissioned from Barye in 1836 by the government of the French king Louis-Philippe. It and an unauthorized cast were later placed as a pair at the Porte des Lions (Lions Gate) on the Seine side of the Louvre Palace’s Pavillon de Flore. Reproductions of them remain today—a testament to the enduring image of the lion as a symbol of royalty.