with Stamp Dore A Sevres, S91, crown with nine spikes on a base. H: 30 cm, L: 45 cm Provenance: Private Collection, Monaco Powerful and vigurous, with extremely delicate details, and fine finish, this important hunting scene represents a wild boar attacked by dogs in hard biscuit paste, resting on a blue enamelled porcelain base. Executed by the sculptor and animalier Gardet for Sevres, the group has probably been customized for the final customer, with a heraldic symbol depicted on the base, crown with nine spikes. Born in Paris, George Gardet (1863-1939) was a highly talented sculptor, son of the sculptor Joseph Gardet. Gardet studied under Aime Millet and Emmanuel Fremiet at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Movement and dynamism of the late works of Antoine Louis Barye are also evident in this combat group, unlike many other artists of that time, who produced static animal figures. Gardet started to exibit at the Salon des Artistes Frances in 1883 at the age twenty and continued exhibiting throughout his long carrier. He received the Grand Prix at 1900 Exposition Universelle. Many of this works were produced in unglazed porcelain by Sevres factory. He is considered by many as the finest animal sculptor of the late Animalier period.