Dating barbedienne bronzes
He was appointed Professor of Drawings at the Museum of Natural History at the Jardin de Plantes in 1854, a post he held until his death.
By 1857 Barye was able to pay off his debts of the last 10 years and regain control of the casts and models which he was forced to give up.
As a result, ancient cultures across the world, from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, developed methods of creating cast bronze sculpture at various points in history.
Bronze's largest “weakness” is it’s inherent value as a material.
His work is almost exclusively studies of wild animals but he also produced equestrian groups as well as mythological figures.
It is estimated that between 40 and 60 percent of modern European bronze sculptures made before the First World War have now been lost.
Barye again set to casting his works himself but his newly found success and the many State Commissions that he was awarded took up a great deal of his time.