Lot 133

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Description: Dr. Louis Auzoux
French (1797-1880)
Papier mache life sized anatomical model of a quarter horse
Height: 65 inches; Length: 76 inches; Width: 28 inches

Other Notes: Dr Louis Auzoux (Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux) (1797-1880) was a French anatomist. He is known for his large scale zoological and botanical models for educational use. Models such as this quarter horse were made to help veterinary scientists understand the form and structure of horses and other animals. As a medical student, Auzoux was frustrated with the shortage of human and animal corpses available for studying anatomy. Auzoux graduated from medical school in 1818 and worked in the surgical department of the hospital Hotel-Dieu in Paris. In 1820 while visiting the papier-mache workshop of Francois Ameline, his ingenious idea to produce papier-mache models was envisioned. In 1828, he set up a workshop with about 60 workers which made accurate human and veterinary anatomical models in Saint-Aubin-d'Ecrosville, in Normandy. Auzoux's company workshop grew into a thriving business. He became a lecturer in universities and exhibited his papier-mache models during his lectures. His models became famous at industrial shows during the second half of the 19th century, such as the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, where they received praise.

  • Condition: Model was stored in a barn for 20 years and was exposed to the elements. Entire exterior layer of paint is peeling, labels are intact, but we can't know for sure if all the exterior labels are all still there. Some spots of paint are gone and base layer is exposed. Wire used for veins is missing in some spots, other areas its just loose from body.

    Horse is missing an ear, only piece we can see is missing, but as this is a unique original, we can't know for sure. As you remove layers of the model, paint peeling is much less severe. Additional layers are just dirty and seem to be easily cleanable. Mud dauber nests are found throughout the horse but are removable and haven't caused damage.


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