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Christophe Fratin was born in Metz on 1/1/1801 and died in Raincy, ( Seine-el-Oise ), on 8/16/1864. The son of a taxidermist, he began his studies of sculpture under Pioche. He was subsequently accepted as a student under Gericault, whose impasto technique was central to many of Fratin's animalier sculptures.
Fratin first displayed the sculpture, Fermer, an English Thoroughbred at the Paris Salon in 1831, and regularly displayed thru 1842 and from 1851 to 1862 (showing 500 of 2642 characters).