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FRATIN, Christophe

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

L'Ours dentiste

L'Ours Dentiste [The Dentist Bear]

c. 1864-1870

bronze

group

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 2 716 x diam. 13 [error] [could be: 5 58 x 4 716 x 3 12]

Acc. No.: FRDO 1894

Photo credit: ph. National Park Service Museum Collections

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Provenance

  • In the home of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), on his desk

Bibliography

  • National Park Service Museum Collections website (accessed July 27, 2018)
  • 2000 Poletti et Richarme
    Michel Poletti et Alain Richarme, Fratin. Objets décoratifs & Sculptures romantiques, Paris, Univers du bronze, 2000, p. 42 n° 48 (un autre exemplaire, 14,2 x 11,3 x 8,9) : Modèle répertorié sous le n° 253 (Ours dentiste) de la vente Fratin de 1850 où il est invendu. Acheté par l'éditeur Vittoz à la vente de 1851 qui l'exploitera. On trouve des épreuves fondues par Colin et Jollet entre 1906 et 1923.

Comment

  • 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.