Cast Iron French Bulldog
Although this cast iron French bulldog is small in size, it sure is mighty. The dog appears as though it’s keeping watch for its owner, ready to pounce on an unwanted intruder. This stocky breed is known for being a loyal and loving companion. Although French bulldogs began appearing in Paris in the 1800s, they were originally bred in England and served as a national symbol for the country. The British Broadcasting Company dubbed the breed “a national icon, symbolizing pluck and determination.” This particular sculpture was found in France and made in the 1930s. It is built of cast iron, which involves creating a mold and a pattern, then pouring hot, liquid metal into the mold. Once set, the solid metal cast would be removed and decorated as desired (in this case, with paint). The cast iron process is customizable to a variety of sizes and shapes, as well as for different types of metal casting. Although this object is merely a sculpture, it appears highly realistic through rolls of folding skin, bulging ribs, and a subtle flow of muscles in the dog’s legs and glutes. This sculpture would be a quirky addition to your home, or for a dog-lover in your life.
At this time in France, the six-month long Paris Colonial Exhibition was held in 1931. The event was an attempt by the French government to paint the country’s colonial activities in a positive light. People from the French colonies were brought to Paris, to create arts and wares, and to perform in grand-scale reproductions of structures from their own countries. The exhibition drew in an estimated seven to nine million visitors from around the world, and provided a forum for the discussion of colonialism, both generally and in regards to France’s own colonies.