256. François Pompon for the Sèvres factory

François Pompon for the Sèvres factory
Ours Blanc (Polar Bear) (1924-1939)
Created in 1921-1924, executed between 1924-1939 by Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, France
With manufacturer’s mark and modeller’s initials AE
Biscuit porcelain, 21.5 x 39.7 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands
J.P. Midant, Sèvres, La Manufacture au XXème Siècle, Paris, 1992, p. 87
The French animal sculptor François Pompon spent most of his life working in service of other artists, notably Auguste Rodin and René de Saint-Marceaux. His breakthrough came at age 67 with the exhibition of his famous ‘Ours Blanc’ at the Salon d’Automne of 1922 in Paris. This sculpture epitomises his pursuit of simplicity, embracing a distinct modernist vision that breaks away from 19th-century ideas. Renditions exist in various formats and materials, including plaster, stone, bronze, and porcelain. Among these, the most renowned ‘Ours Blanc’ – executed in marble – has resided in the Musée d’Orsay since 1986.

€ 8.000 - 12.000