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Glenda B., Antiques and Collectibles Appraiser
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Experience:  40+ yrs. Experience, 40+yrs. Dealer buying/selling antiques.14+ yrs. Antique Store Owner. Member of AOA, AADA. Advanced studies in Antiques at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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I have an unsigned Isidore Bonheur, Le Grand Jockey bronze.

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I have an unsigned Isidore Bonheur, Le Grand Jockey bronze. It measures approximately 24" high by 24" long. I bought it at an antique store for $85 15 years ago. I did not know what I had until yesterday when I saw a similar one in a photo in William DuPont Jr's trophy room. Two weeks ago, I "polished" the statue with brass cleaner. It is bright gold now! Where can I get an assessment of its value and how can I get it restored? Thanks, ***** *****
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appraisals
Expert:  Glenda B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello Jill

If you have an unsigned Le Grand Jockey bronze. You have a reproduction. These have been reproduced since he first created this in the 1800's. There are numerous reproductions that are signed by artist who replicated his work, these sell for a good price, depending on the age and who did it. These are all signed. Is there not a signature on yours any where?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The Peyrol
foundry mark is less than 1/16". I am looking at what appears to be a tiny depression/mark on the base. Iam taking it to my jewlers to look for the foundry mark under high magnification.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
jewelers, sp
Expert:  Glenda B. replied 1 year ago.


Ok, let me know what they find. I found in research that " Original authentic Period Peyrol castings of bronze figural groups sell in the thousands of dollars. Peyrol pieces are often unmarked or marked with a tiny foundry stamp, which leads some unscrupulous dealers to offer newer reproductions at inflated prices. Recasts are still being produced today.