Charles Valton, (French, 1851-1915)
Bronze figure of two courting lions. Signed "CH. VALTON"
to naturalistic base. Known for his works created in the animalier style,
a 19th-century movement depicting animals in active poses with realistic
anatomy. He produced small-scale models of African and Indian wildlife
including tigers, lions, jaguars, elephants and camels often using granite
or white marble as the base for the bronze casts around the animal to
depict snow or stone. Valton's work was exhibited regularly in the Paris
salons between 1868-1914. 8 1/2 in. x 13 1/2 in.