Alfred Dubucand Bronze, ca. 1870
Appraised Value: $25,000 - $35,000
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Appraisal Video: (-1:-4:10)
Metalwork & Sculpture
Lillian Nassau, LLC
GUEST: This came from my grandmother's home in Wiscasset, Maine. And she got it as a young woman on a world tour. And when she passed away, my father let me have it. And we've always wondered about who the artist was.
APPRAISER: Well, you've brought in this great 19th-century French sculpture. It's by an artist named Alfred Dubucand, and it's signed "Dubucand," and he was very well known in his day. He was a student of the famous Animalier sculptor named Antoine Barye, and Barye is the one in the middle of the 19th century, who started to emphasize sculpture of animals. And Dubucand was one of his students.
GUEST: Alfred, huh? That's so fun to finally hear the name, yes.
APPRAISER: And, again, he was very popular in his day. He's not that well known now. What you have here is this great group of this Berber hunter on a camel with these wonderful hunting dogs going after the prey. And you see how wonderfully modeled these are.
APPRAISER: How they're really lifelike.
GUEST: So is it bronze?
APPRAISER: It's bronze. What's particularly nice about the detail is that it's been highlighted with gold. We call this parcel gilding. It was actually cast in small parts and then put together. Dubucand was born in the 1820s, and he lived until the 1890s. And he exhibited regularly at the salons, which were annual shows of artists and sculptors, and he started exhibiting in 1867. And we think this piece is probably from the 1870s. And they made it in two different sizes. They made it in this size, and they made a size much larger--about twice as high.
APPRAISER: The last one of these at auction brought $33,000.
GUEST: Oh, wow.
APPRAISER: So I think, if you were to put this up at auction, I think a good estimate would probably be in the $25,000 to $35,000 range.
GUEST: My daughter will be pleased, because she's going to have it.
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