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Paul Comoléra
(1818-1893)

Fighting Sparrows
(Combat de deux Moineaux)


5.25"h x 8"l

Sand Cast Bronze, circa 1860

Comoléra is considered to be one of the finest sculptors in the field of birds. This bronze captures the ferocity of these two small combatants who are locked in a life and death struggle. Signed ‘Comoléra.’

Paul Comoléra was born in Paris, France. A very fine sculptor known mainly for his modeling of birds but he also produced some domestic farm animal figures as well as portrait busts.

Comoléra was a student of the early sculptor Francois Rude and he was the teacher of Jules Moigniez, one of the more important sculptors of the Animalier school. There is a distinct similarity in the detail, construction, form, and finish of the works of Comoléra and his student Moigniez although Comoléra’s birds are considered to be more in the naturalistic style as opposed to the romantic style of his pupil.

Paul Comoléra made his debut at the Salon in 1846 with a group called Golden Pheasants of China and continued to exhibit there until his death in 1897. Comoléra’s bronzes are prized for their great detail and accuracy. His models were cast in bronze by the foundries of A. Gouge and Susse Freres and occasionally models were executed in faience (lead-glazed earthenware), by H. Boulanger et Cie., at Choisey.

Source for sculptor’s biography: The Bronze Gallery


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