Cold Painted Spelter Statues by Charles H. Valton
Pair of 19th century, Orientalist, cold painted Spelter statues of Arabs on Camels led by attendants on foot by the renowned animal sculptor Charles H. Valton; born 1851 Pau, France; died 1918 Chinon, France. A student of both Antoine Louis Barye and Emmanuel Fremiet, Valton studied at the famous Paris zoological garden, "Jardin des Plantes". He made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1868.In 1875, he became a member of the Society of French Artists. He received medals for his sculpture in 1875, 1885, as well as at the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and 1900. In 1883, he became a Professor of Sculpture at the Germain Pilon School. In 1906, Valton received the Cross of the Légion d'honneur.
By 1914, over seventy of his models had been exhibited at the Salon.
On rectangular naturalistic moulded bases and elevated on timber plinths, the polychrome decoration a little faded and dusty. Signature to base C H VALTON. One Camel is without its tail. Dimensions 35 cm height x 32 cm long.