JULES MOIGNIEZ (FRENCH, 1835-1894) BRONZE SCULPTURE GROUP
"Cock Pheasant frightened by a Stoat", signed "J. Moigniez" in base
Item # 312TYF07X
A large and complex group, this sculpture is cast using the lost wax method in many individual parts that are then painstakingly chiseled and joined to create a fully developed naturalistic landscape. Originally exhibited in 1864 (Mackay, p. 78), the sculpture is known both as "Pheasant with Weasel" and "Cock Pheasant frightened by a Stoat" - the documented dimensions are 19 1/2" or 49 cm's (Mackay, p. 151). The level of detail in the work is remarkable in it's preciseness and totality - the way Moigniez sculpts emotion into his forms is noteworthy, the startled expression in the Pheasant starkly contrasted against the aggressive yet insecure stance of the weasel, shrinking back while baring it's teeth. Moigniez captures this expression in a way that is authentic to their environment and true to the nature of each animal.
In every way exceptional, this is a very fine work for serious collectors of the Animaliers.
Born at Senlis in 1835, Jules Moigniez first debuted at Salon in 1855 with two plaster groups: a small hawk quarreling with a weasel over a sky-lark and a Setter grabbing a Pheasant. Receiving a medal at the Great Exhibition of 1862, he continued exhibiting at Salon regularly until 1881. Of great fortune to Moigniez, allowing him to maintain great control over the quality of the bronzes cast during his lifetime, was the skill of his father as a gilder and caster of metals - he established a bronze foundry in 1857 to cast the works of his son, the quality of which are generally acknowledged to be superior. After his father's death, Moigniez partnered with A. Gouge for the foundry of his works.
Measurements: 21 1/8" high x 20 1/2" long x approximately 8" deep
Plant in rear has intentional wiggle. Tail tip flat, appears to have been cast as such. Original patina with traces of verdigris oxidization in crevices.