One can imagine this hunting scene taking place in the exotic East. This sculpture originally stood on a five-foot-high, gilt-bronze triumphal arch in the middle of the duke of Orléans's centerpiece. Three Indians, perched in the box-like howda, defend themselves from a tiger clawing its way up the elephant's back. The driver, riding on the elephant's neck, is about to strike the tiger with his barbed goad. A second tiger, already wounded by a spear, seizes one of the elephant's rear feet. Barye derived this subject from various sources, including a 17th-century Persian miniature. The inscription around the sculpture's base identifies the piece as having been cast by Honoré Gonon and his two sons using the more costly lost-wax process, rather than sand casting. Gonon was credited with reviving this technique, which faithfully replicates the details of the original model.


  • Title: Surtout de table: Tiger Hunt
  • Date Created: 1834-1836
  • Physical Dimensions: h70.485 x d35.56 cm
  • Type: sculpture
  • Rights: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1872
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: bronze, lost-wax cast with brown varnish patina over a metallic flake or powdered surface with details highlighted by leaf gilding
  • Provenance: Duc d'Orléans, 1834, by commission; duchesse d'Orleans Sale, Paris, 1853, no. 1; Count Anatole Demidoff [M. Jaunez as agent]; San Donato Sale, Paris, March 22-24, 1870, cat. 1536; Philippe Burty; William T. Walters, Baltimore, February 20, 1872, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Paris, France
  • Inscriptions: [Signature and Date] Inscribed on base: BARYE 1836; [Transcription] Inscribed on base: BRONZE D'UN JET SANS CISELURE FONDU A L'HOTEL D'ANGEVILLIERS PAR HONORE GONON ET SES DEUX FILS; [Translation] Inscribed on base: Bronze cast without carving cast at the Hotel D'Angevilliers by Honoré Gonon and his two sons; [Number] Painted inside base in white: W / 48
  • ExhibitionHistory: The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890; A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979; Un âge d'or des arts décoratifs: 1814-1848. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. 1991; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001; Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000; Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008
  • Artist: Antoine-Louis Barye

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