Au But, Antique bronze sculpture of 3 nude runners

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Au But, Antique bronze sculpture of 3 nude runners by Alfred Boucher with the Siot founders' signature.
Patinated bronze on red marble base. France ca. 1890. 
Entitled To the goal, Au but or Les Coureurs. 

Alfred Boucher (France 1850-1934)
The three nude runners are just at the goal and intensely struggling, a most difficult theme executed with the greatest skill.
This bronze is a reduction of the bronze group placed in the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. First shown in the Salon of 1886. Received a fist class medal.


Artist / Maker Alfred Boucher,
Signature/ Marks A. Boucher. 
Siot Foundry. Stamped number.
Style Antique.
Date 1890
Material Patinated bronze. 
Red marble base.
Origin France
Size (cm) H. 34 cm. x L. 41 cm. x W. 21 cm. 

Size (inches) H. 13.4 inch x L. 16.1 inch x W. 8.3 inch.
Condition Very good.

This bronze is illustrated in the following books:
Bronzes, sculptors and founders, H. Berman, Abage.
The dictionary of sculptors in bronze, James Mackay. Antique collectors club.
Les bronzes de XIXe siècle, Pierre Kjellberg, Les editions des amateurs.
Art Bronzes, Michael Forrest.

General information.
Dictionnaire illustré des sculpteurs animaliers & fondeurs de l’antiquité à nos jours, Jean Charles Hachet. Argus Valentines. 

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