After Pierre Jules Mene ( 1810 – 1879 ) – A large floor standing bronze 20th century re-cast of the original by Mene, some 103 cm high.
After Pierre Jules Mene (1810 – 1879) – A large floor standing bronze 20th century re-cast of the original by Mene, some 103 cm high
This is a sculpture of a race horse and jockey at a slow trot, being raised on a large naturalistic plinth base which bears the inscription of the artist, Pierre Jules Mene. The attention to detail is fantastic, showing the muscle tones in the horse and raised veins after exertion, his trot is perfectly captured with two legs off the base. The jockey is rich in detail too, holding the reins which are complete and attached ( whereas most on these style of sculptures are either broken or detached) There is no damage to this piece and he has been well cared for throughout his life.
Measures approx 103cm high x 110cm in length x 38cm wide, and will be a real statement piece in your home..
Provenance; originally consigned from Tredean House : Tredean House, Devauden, Monmouthshire is a country house dating from 1901-02. It was designed in an Arts and Crafts style by the architect Arthur Jessop Hardwick.
A self-taught artist, Piere-Jules Mêne (1810-1879) dedicated his entire career to making bronze statues, which were met with great success among both French and international clients. His talent as an animalier sculptor was revealed in 1835 with his work, Chèvre jambe levèe (Goat with a Leg Up), and soon he was chiselling and preparing animal bronzes depicting the live animals he sketched at the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes, at the horse market or at the abattoirs of Montmartre. From 1838-1879, Mêne exhibited at the Salon, a prestigious show for artists. Within no time, Mêne took full advantage of animal fashion in sculpture, exclusively dedicating his work to the animal world. His link to the Barbizon school allowed him to watch and study horses, stags and dogs in the Fountainebleau region near Paris. In 1853, Mêne obtained a first class medal for his work. But it wasn’t until 1862 that he was appointed Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur during the Universal Exhibition in London. In 1869, Napoléon III purchased the wax sculpture Mounted Huntsman Leading His Hounds, and the third French Republic subsequently bought the matching bronze in 1872. Mêne died in Paris in 1879 at the age of sixty-nine.
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