RUSSIAN PATINATED BRONZE FIGURE by LIEBERICH “The Lisino Bear”
No foundry mark, cast after the model by Nikolai Lieberich (1828-1883), late 19th century
On a shaped rhodonite base, realistically cast as a standing bear, dark brown patina, excellent detail
Hight 23 7/8 in. (60,5 cm)
Estate of Harry Oppenheimer
Areas of light rubbing to patina, consistent with age. Good overall condition.
An enthusiastic bear hunter with both guns and bear spears, Emperor Alexander II of Russia narrowly escaped an unusually large beast during a hunt at Lisino, near St Petersburg in 1865, inspiring this well-known model. Originally cast with the bear standing beside a tree stump, editions with the bear on a hardstone base are known to have existed since the late 19th century, one of which was illustrated in an article on Russian bronzes published in Harper’s New Monthly magazine in January 1889.
Item Nr. 2581 (Nikolai Lieberich bronze sculpture “The Lisino Bear”)