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Charles Rene Maurice Fath
(French, 1850 -1922 )

Fath was the quintessential sculptor of purebred dogs. Eschewing the fashionable Art Deco style of the day, he created detailed models of dogs which exemplified breed type. He worked in plaster, terracotta and bronze, creating sculptures for his own edification, as well as on commission.

Fath was born in Paris, and after military service between 1900 and 1922, he worked in the atelier of the French sculptor, Falguière-Mercié-Boucher. He exhibited regularly and in 1926 did his first models of dogs, receiving an honorable mention at the Paris Salon of 1932, for his sculpture of Charlie, a Great Dane. He came to specialize in sculptures of dogs and his work is in many public collections, including The Museum of The Hunt in Gien, France, the Museums of Amiens, Castle, Vernon and Chartres, and in the collection of the Societé Canine (the French Kennel Club), The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog.


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