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Statuette - Rearing Bull

Rearing Bull

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880-1882 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bayre, Antoine-Louis (maker)
    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (cast)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased from the Barbedienne Foundry in 1890 for the V&A’s Circulation Department

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze statuette of a rearing bull is by Antoine-Louis Bayre, a prolific artist famous for his animal sculpture. The statue was exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1855.

Physical description

Statuette, Rearing Bull, bronze

Place of Origin

France (made)
Paris (made)


ca. 1880-1882 (made)


Bayre, Antoine-Louis (maker)
Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (cast)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed BARYE with rectangular gilt initials FB cast through from the model (this is the earliest foundry mark used by Barbedienne)


Width: 10.8 cm, Length: 26 cm, Height: 21 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Barbedienne Foundry in 1882 for the V&A’s Circulation Department.

Descriptive line

Rearing Bull, Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875), France (Paris), from the Paris Exhibition 1855, first edition ca.1845, this cast ca.1880-1882

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Poletti, M, Richarme, A. Barye. Catalogue raisonné des sculptures. Paris. 2000. Cat. No. A179.
Horswell, J. Les Animaliers. 1971.
Johnston, William and Kelly, Simon. Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. 2006.
Poletti, M and Richarme, A. Barye. Catalogue Raisonne des sculptures. Paris, 2000.
Reinis, J.G., The Founders and Editors of The Barye Bronzes. New York, 2007.




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