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BUGATTI, Rembrandt

Milan, Italie 1884 - Paris 1916

Maker: Hébrard, A.A.

Zebu nain

Zebu Nain

c. 1910

bronze with brown patina

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 7 58 x 9 12 x 4 in.

signed: R. BUGATTI
stamped: CIRE PERDUE HEBRARD 5

Acc. No.: 1994.56

Credit Line: Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Michael and Mary A. Erlanger

Photo credit: ph. courtesy Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

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Provenance

  • 1994, Gift of Michael and Mary A. Erlanger

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (accessed August 29, 2017)
  • 1996 Luciano
    Eleonora Luciano, Animals in Bronze. The Michaels and Mary Erlanger Collection of Animalier Bronzes, [[Athens], Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 1996, n° 15, p. 38-39

Comment

  • 1996 Luciano, p. 38:
    Bugatti's sculptures are unusual among animalier are because they were made with the lost wax method rather than the more usual and inexpensive sand casting. Lost wax casting is a more laborious process which involves the destruction of one of the models but which also ensures a certain uniqueness to each cast. Most Bugatti bronzes were cast by the Parisian dealer and founder Hébrard and were usually made in issues of no more than ten-sometimes fewer than five. The number of the cast, five in this case, is usually stamped in the bronze. The Zebu is a type of cattle, also known as Brahma, originally from India, whose main characteristics arte the prominent hump on its neck and a light grey, almost beige, color. Bugatti always made his models from life, thus creating true animal portraits. In this case, since this is an exotic variant on the breed (a midget version), it is safe to assume that Bugatti would have seen the original in the Antwerp Zoo.