Beautiful dark patinated bronze of a cat and its kitten. Finely finished detail portraying the pride of an adult animal has for its child but also revealing the strength it possesses to protect if required.
The sculptor Ferdinand Pautrot (1832 - 1874) was born in Poitiers, France. His first recorded exhibit was at the Salon in Paris in 1861 with three entries. He continued to exhibit at the Salon until 1870. His works consist of mostly hunting dogs, birds, and a few horses and wild animals. Pautrot's works are highly detailed and accurate in the portrayal of the animal and its character.
The life of Ferdinand Pautrot is mentioned in the following books:
The Animaliers by James Mackay (1973)
Les Animaliers by Jane Horswell (1971)
Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne (1986)
A Concise History of Bronzes by George Savage (1968)
Bronzes of the 19th Century by Pierre Kjellberg (1994)
Dictionnaire des Peintres et Sculpteurs by E. Benezit (1966)
Dictionnaire de Sculpteurs de l'ecole Francaise by Stanaslas Lami (1914)