A RUSSIAN PATINATED BRONZE GROUP by GRACHEV “Cossack Hunter with Two Greyhounds”
Cast by C.F. Woerffel after the model by Vasili Grachev (1831-1905), dated 1877
On a naturalistic oval base, realistically cast as a hunter on horseback smoking a pipe, with two greyhounds
Signed on base in Cyrillic “LEP. GRACHEV”, also with foundry mark “FABR. C.F. WOERFFEL ST. PETERSBOURG”,
with a Finance Ministry stamp dated 1877
Hight 17 in. (43,2 cm), width 17 1/4 in. (43,8 cm)
Minor wear and a few areas of light rubbing to patina consistent with age. Good overall condition.
An identical bronze group by V. Grachev was sold for $46,000 at Sotheby’s New York, 15 April 2008.
Item Nr. 2386 (Russian bronze Grachev “Cossack Hunter with Two Greyhounds”)