BRONZE SCULPTURE OF “CHIEN BRAQUE” AFTER MODEL BY PIERRE-JULES MENE
Crisp signature in base “P.J. Mene”
Item # 607XGP20P
A very nice sculpture by Pierre-Jules Mene of a pointer amist foliage, the work is finely modeled and technically exacting. He turns mid stride, apparently having caught the sent again, his entire body alert and attentive to his surroundings. The base perfectly replicates the forest floor with branches and roots entwined with leafy vines. It is signed crisply along the front of the base “P.J. Mene”, the entire sculpture finished in a black acid patina overlaid with a verdigris pigment. It is a very early patina, perhaps not original as most of Mene’s sculpture is finished in black, brownish black and reddish browns. It is a very effective finish that captures the organic nature of the scene.
- Les Animaliers, Horswell, 1971, p. 129 [Chien Braque, c. 1860’s, 5 1/2” H]
- Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 469-86 [p. 483 present model depicted “Chien braque å la feuille, 12 x 23 cm]
- Animals in Bronze, Payne, p. 219 f. D55 [14 x 23 cm, c. 1860s]
Measurements: 4 1/2" H x 8 1/2" W x 4" D
Green verdigris patina, quite early but perhaps not original. Missing foliage element in center of base. Very minor patina handling wear.