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Jules Moigniez (French, 1835-1894)

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 precise control over the quality of the bronzes cast during his lifetime, was the skill of his father as a gilder and caster of metals - his father established a bronze foundry in 1857 to cast his son's sculptures, the quality of which are generally acknowledged to be superior.  After his father's death, Moigniez partnered with A. Gouge for the foundry work on his sculptures.

References and Literature:

  • The Animaliers, James Mackay, p. 78 (biographical details), p. 151 (list of known works and some sizes)
  • Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, p. 495-501
  • Bronze Sculptures of Les Animaliers, Jane Horswell, p. 217-48
  • Animals in Bronze, Christopher Payne