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Imposing on Good Nature

Imposing on Good Nature

Artist Name Daniel Chester French
Year 1872
Medium Sculpture

Sculpture / match holder. Parian porcelain. Sculpture depicts two dogs near a woven basket set upon a rectangular base with rounded ends. Title impressed on front of base in upper case letters "IMPOSING ON GOOD NATURE". Inscribed on back right corner in upper case letters "D.C.FRENCH." Sculpture depicts one large dog lying down with eyes closed; a second dog is much smaller and appears to be jumping on larger dog. Smaller dog has a bow around its neck. Back of pedestal includes a diamond-shaped production mark with the following inscription: "Rd" in the center "2" to the left, "I" to the right, "2" above, and "I" below. Circle above diamond with a "IV" inside.

PREVIOUSLY RESTORED - damage was restored on small dog's tail

Donor / Source Gift of Stuart L and Roberta Lee Berman
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