Presented is a bronze sculpture of two hunting dogs. One dog is depicted with his nose to the ground, having caught the scent of the hunt. The other dog points ahead, his body positioned to start the chase. The sculpture was cast using the lost wax process, which offers intricate detail to the dogs’ fur and musculature, as well as the grass along the base.
Hunting scenes were common in medieval and Renaissance art, found in oil paintings and embroidered tapestries. Hunting during the medieval period was a sport exclusive to the aristocracy, as well as an essential part of court etiquette. Depictions of people with a hunting dog, hawks, or falcons therefore signaled status. The sporting tradition of the hunt continued well into the 16th and 17th centuries, with dogs depicted as integral to the hunt, as well as a constant companion to the hunter. Recognized for their unparalleled sense of smell, acute vision, and incredible stamina, dogs were bred for specific types of hunting, including bird and waterfowling, fox and deer hunting, or hunting smaller prey like rabbit. After the establishment of The Kennel Club in the UK in 1873 and the American Kennel Club in 1884, breed standards were introduced and dog portraits and art increased in popularity.
Very good condition. Bronze sculpture with attractive dark patina. Some wear to the top of the dogs’ bodies and head, but overall definition is excellent. Raised oblong base. Unmarked and unsigned. Measures 6 ¾” H by 10” W.