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Sculpture, Male Athlete, Le Defi, The Challenge, by Eutrope Bouret, French, Antique, late 19th Century


Eutrope Bouret (1833-1906) (after)
Le Defi [The Challenge]
[Young Male Athlete]
French, late 19th Century
Patinated metal
19 inches high, 6.25 x 5.25 inch base

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A sculpture of a confident young male athlete, shown ready¬† — as the title of the work suggests — to take a sports challenge. He is dressed in a sports tank top and shorts, and high laced shoes of the period. His outfit is decorated with stars and fringe, suggesting he is a performer, perhaps for a circus. It is cast in metal with a light silvered finish and raised on a contiguous plinth, inscribed with the artist’s name Bouret and bearing a metal tag with the title and artist’s name.¬† It stands on the original rectangular rouge marble base.

This was a popularly produced Bouret sculpture; other extant examples in bronze are known.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall wear to finish.