Edouard-Marcel SANDOZ

(1881-1971)

Desert fox sitting, head turned (size 2)

Edouard-Marcel SANDOZ

(1881-1971)

Desert fox sitting, head turned (size 2)

CAPTION

Height : 28.5 cm - 0' 11¹/₄" in.
Depth : 14.5 cm - 0' 5³/₄" in.
Width :30 cm - 0' 11³/₄" in.

LITERATURE

F. Marcilhac, Sandoz, sculpteur, figuriste et animalier 1881-1971, Paris, 1993, page 364, model reproduced on page 365 under the number 602.

DESCRIPTION

Bronze with green brown patina, signed " EdM.Sandoz". Susse cast, numbered 5, bears the founder's mark and the inscriptions 'Susse Fes Edts Paris' and 'Lost wax'.


The desert fox is emblematic of Edouard-Marcel Sandoz's bestiary. The artist represented the animal in various aspects and formats, lying down or sitting, also in a group as with his Two desert foxes, my desert foxes, 1923, Group of desert foxes known as Sahara desert foxes , 1926, Two desert foxes lying down, 1927, and this in various materials (plaster, direct carving, bronze, silver bronze). Several models of desert foxes were produced by the Manufacture de Sèvres, as in 1934 the Desert fox, head turned(number 1654) and Desert fox facing forward (number 1655). Each of them was edited in bisque, enamelled porcelain or stone. Our bronze model, stamped 5, is one of the most decorative. A testimony to the artist's strong attachment to this animal, a few period photographs show him appearing in the midst of multiple sculptures of desert foxes, or modelling them in his workshop. Leaving out superfluous details to best concentrate on clean lines, Sandoz reached a high level of expressive intensity in his artworks, as here, the animal's head, his ears pricked, on the watch.