A World Record for an Indian Runner Duck

On 02 April 2018, by Anne Doridou-Heim
Charles Artus (1897-1978), "Canard coureur indien", c. 1935, volume sculpture in bronze with brown and black patina, lost wax casting by Valsuani, 55.5 x 18.5 x 16 cm (detail).
Result: €83,200

You had to be on your toes to catch this "Indian runner duck" by Charles Artus. The waddler ended the race at €83,200, garnering a world record along the way (source: Artnet). The sculptor began his studies with Édouard Navellier, and continued with François Pompon, preferring the master's volume rendering method. He, too, went right to the essential. Artus stood out for his choice of models. Avoiding the exotic taste in the 1930s for big cats and pachyderms of the savanna, he kept to the fauna of the European countryside, particularly farmyard animals.

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