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“It gathered together around 70 sculptors working around Rembrandt Bugatti at Antwerp Zoo and to my mind is still under appreciated,” says Eeckhout.

Appropriately for a Belgian fair, he will be highlighting works by these artists on his stand at BRAFA this year where those featured include Albéric Collin, Raymond de Meester and Raoul Eugène Lamourdedieu.

A focus on Collin involves an impressive bronze tiger licking its paw, a work which owes a clear stylistic debt to Collin’s master Bugatti, as well as this figure of a monkey with its young (above right), a signed bronze bearing a Valsuani foundry stamp. The monkey group is priced in the region of €50,000-60,000.