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Thank you in advance for your help.
I have a bronze what appears to be a bengal tiger.It is part of an inheritance from France.The only markings visible is a seal saying Made in France and what appears to be a 015 which is barely visible.The eyes on the tiger have inverted pupils and the personal parts are very detailed.The color of the tiger is a orange-brown looking and it is standing on a base that is black-grey.A paper is taped to the bottom (from family)saying important casting from the original,by Antoine L. Barye died in Paris 1875.Original by F.Barbediem(famous "Foundeur"His stamp on piece (white metal)Bengal tiger on marble.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello Norah... sounds like you have a reproduction Barye.  Reproductions, byt there very nature are not as valued as original... the value of such a piece will vary greatly from market to market. You can learn more here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine-Louis_Barye  

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I can answer questions in reference to bronze casting (the lost wax process & copper alloys) & finishing. I can also answer questions about sculpture in general including: armature building, clay construction (plastalines and oil-based clays), fabrication, TIG arc welding (including aluminum), metal chasing and finishing, patination, and wax sculpture construction (including modeling waxes, casting waxes, and sprue waxes). I also have a limited knowledge of copyright law as it pertains to the fine art maker and his/her work. I do not claim to have any particular knowledge in the fields of bronze art antiquities and their values, or the value of work created by specific artists or their processes.

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I have been working with bronze for over a decade and a half. I studied the lost wax process in college, went on to study the art abroad in Cortona Italy, and continued as an apprentice at the Johnson Atelier in Trenton, NJ. My love for the medium carried me on to take it up professionally. Now, I produce my bronze work and the work of others with my own company: "Inspired Bronze Inc".

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Inspired Bronze, Fine Art America

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Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Hartford Art School University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program graduate: Cortona, Italy Johnson Atelier School of Sculpture apprentice program graduate: 1st Class Apprentice

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Charles Salsbury Award (artistic excellence) "Mostra" exhibit-Cortona, Italy, Orlando Museum of Art-1st Thursdays exhibit, exhibited in AIDS benefit show 97, '98, 3rd place in ArtWorks Gallery juried exhibiton 99, University of Hartford Grant recipient for four years

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