"CHIEN BASSET A JAMBES TORSES" BY PIERRE JULES MENE (FRENCH, 1810-1879)
In patinated bronze; signed "P.J. Mene" in naturalistic base; "8" cold-stamped verso
Item # 912XKA09L
An unusual and very finely cast sculpture of a basset hound with fully twisted forelegs, it is a highly uncommon glimpse at this curious breed. At least his second depiction of the basset, both noted in his Susse catalogue, this model very rarely finds its way to the open market. A sand cast model with intricate detail and modeling to both the dog and the naturalistic base, the base is signed in his typical block lettering "P. J. MENE" cast deep in the bronze, the reverse of the base with a small cold-stamped "8". This casting of the model is likely posthumous circa the last quarter of the 19th century.
Literature & Further Reading:
- Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, 1994, p. 473 [a copy of Mene's catalogue by Susse Freres, perhaps referring to the present model as number 73]
Measurements: 10 1/2" W (9 1/2" W base) x 5 3/8" D (4 3/8" D base) x 4 3/8" H
Fine original condition, very minor handling wear to relief, including the edges of ears, nose, paws and elements on the base; relieved patina to the uppermost ridge of hound's back.