A Bronze Figure of a Lion, inscribed L. Riche, the animal drinking from a pool. Length 19 inches.Louis Riche (1877 - 1949) was born in Paris France on May 29th 1877. His first exhibit at the Salon in Paris was in 1896 at the age of nineteen. Riche sculpted many animal subjects but his favorite models were German Shepherd Dogs at which he is considered the Master at reproducing. He continued exhibiting at the Salon and except for the interruptions of both World Wars he continued to create his artistic subjects. He worked mostly with the Thiebault Freres foundry for the casting of his models but it is noted that some of his sculptures of lions were cast in silver by Risler and Carre. The life of Louis Riche is mentioned in the following books: Les Animaliers by Jane Horswell (1971) The Animaliers by James Mackay (1973) Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne (1986) Bronzes of the 19th Century by Pierre Kjellberg (1994) A Concise History of Bronzes by George Savage (1968 ) Dictionnaire des Peintres et Sculpteurs by E. Benezit (1966) Dictionnaire de Sculpteurs de l'ecole Francaise by Stanaslas Lami (1914).