Sculptor - Emmanuel Fremiet
Title - Chatte Mangeant
Sand Cast Bronze
Atelier Emmanuel Fremiet
3" height by 7" length
(7.6 cm by 17.8 cm)
Fremiet excelled in showing animals as they lived and in this sculpture he depicts a Cat eating. She is crouched down with her head turned as she chews her meal. This bronze is well detailed and shows Fremiet’s talent of creating realistic Animalier works on a par with Barye’s sculptures but often with a less violent theme.
In the 1840s Fremiet created several small sculptures of cats and dogs and these are some of his best works. They are sensitive models of domestic pets and are treasured by collectors.
This bronze has a rich dark patina and is cast in the 1840s by Fremiet himself or under his direct supervision, it shows high quality of workmanship and finish. It has a period walnut wood base.
This sculpture is illustrated in the following books:
Les Animaliers by Jane Horswell pg. 196.
The Animaliers by James MacKay, pg. 44