Pierre Lenordez (French, 1815 - 1892)
As an animalier sculptor Lenordez is particularly known for his accomplished models of horses. His style, undoubtedly drawn from some of the racing paintings produced in the early nineteenth century is very recognisable. Notably the shape of the head, thin nose, flared nostrils and alert eyes. The similarities are not just confined to the execution of the models, but also in the fact that they generally tended to represent real sporting horses, winners of important races in the equestrian calendar or horses who had strong blood lines and were responsible for siring a succession of outstanding winners. Indeed many of his sculptures have plaques giving details of the name of the horse, the race it had won, the year and sometimes even the lineage.
Much of Lenordez’s work was cast by either Boyer or Duplan et Salles, both of which were known for producing good quality crisp detailed casts. A typical patina is dark brown to black, with golden highlights, resulting in a nicely worn effect on some of the models found today.
Lenordez exhibited at the Salon between 1855 and 1877 and interestingly he made his debut with a wax model of a stallion called ‘The Baron’ who stood at the Imperial Stud in the Bois de Bologne, Paris, France.
Horse & Jockey, c. 1850
33 x 51 x 15 cm
13" x 20" x 6"
(height x length x depth)