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Statuette - Standing lioness
  • Standing lioness
    Barye, Antoine-Louis, born 1796 - died 1875
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Standing lioness

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barye, Antoine-Louis, born 1796 - died 1875 (sculptor)
    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 4

Barye was a prolific artist and famous for his 'animalier' sculptures. He liked to have control over all aspects of production and spent much time experimenting with patination. His surface colours ranged from rich velvety browns to deep antique greens. Patination is the process of artificially colouring the surface of the metal or changing its appearance. True patina is created by chemical changes to the surface through long exposure to the elements. Artificial patina is created through the application of drying oils, resins, pigments or acids to protect the surface or to enhance or change the colour of the metal. Heat is sometimes used in this process. The surface can also be enriched by adding gold (‘gilding’) or silver.

Physical description

Bronze statuette of a standing lioness.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1890 (made)


Barye, Antoine-Louis, born 1796 - died 1875 (sculptor)
Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 7 7/8 in, Length: 9 in

Descriptive line

Lioness Standing, bronze, French, by Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) after a model by Antione-Louis Barye (1796-1875), dated 1890

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

Poletti, Michel and Richarme, Alain. Barye : catalogue raisonné des sculptures. [Paris] : Gallimard, c2000.
List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1890. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1891. pp. 12

Production Note

By Barbedienne, after a model by Barye



Subjects depicted





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