MATHILDE THOMAS-SOYER (FRENCH, B. 1861): A BRONZE EQUESTRIAN MODEL OF A CAVALRYMAN ‘EN VEDETTE” CAST BY THIEBAUT FRERES
wearing full military dress and looking into the distance, his horse standing on a naturalistic base, dark brown patination, signed ‘Math de Thomas’ and with Thiebaut Freres foundry stamp,
Auction Comparable: See Sotheby’s, New York, 22 October 2008, lot 47, sold $7,500.
Mathilde Thomas-Soyer was one of the few professional female sculptors working in Paris in the late 19th century, and like Rosa Bonheur, specialised in Animalier subjects. She studied under the well-known sculptors Auguste Cain, himself an Animalier sculptor, and Henri Chapu. She exhibited at the Salon from 1879 a group entitled ‘Vache terrassant un loup qui vient d’égorger son veau’, which depicted a cow slaying a wolf that has just killed her calf. The Thiebaut Freres foundry cast a number of her plaster maquettes in bronze.