PIERRE JULES Mêne

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Pierre-Jules Mêne (25 March 1810 – 20 May 1879) was a French sculptor and animalière. He is considered one of the pioneers of animal sculpture in the nineteenth-century.


Mêne produced a number of animal sculptures, mainly of domestic animals including horses, cows and bulls, sheep and goats which were in vogue during the Second Empire. He was one of a school of French animalièreswhich also included Rosa BonheurPaul-Edouard DelabrierrePierre Louis RouillardAntoine-Louis Barye, his son-in-law Auguste Caïn, and François Pompon.


 


His work was first shown in London by Ernest Gambart in 1849. Mêne specialized in small bronze figures which explains why none of his works exist as public statuary. His work was a popular success with the bourgeoisclass and many editions of each sculpture were made, often to decorate an increasing number of private homes of the period. The quality of these works is high, comparable to Barye's. Mêne enjoyed a longer period of success and celebrity than his contemporaries. He is considered to have been the lost-wax casting expert of his time. The lost-wax casting method is sometimes referred to as the cire perdue method.

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PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
'Vainqueur du Derby' - A Fine Patinated Bronze Equestrian Group
'Vainqueur du Derby' (Winner of the Derby) - A Fine Patinated Bronze Equestrian Group by Pierre-Jules Mêne. Bronze, brown patina. This fin...
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Adrian Alan
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
A Bronze Figure of a Horse at a Barrier
A Bronze Figure of a Horse at a Barrier by Pierre-Jules Mêne.
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Adrian Alan
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
A bronze Picador by P.J. Mêne
A major work by Pierre-Jules Mêne (1810-1879) of a proud Picador parading triumphantly around a bullring, with rose garlands and a lady’s fa...
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M & J Duncan Antiques
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
Bronze Statue of ‘The Arab Falconer’
‘The Arab Falconer’ By Pierre-Jules Mene The finely cast and planished bronze, depicting a falconer walking on a naturalistic ground, with...
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PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
Ewe and Lamb
A delightful mid 19th Century French bronze study of a ewe with her suckling lamb, with excellent tactile hand chased surface detail and rich brown...
£2295
Hickmet Fine Arts
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
L'Accolade
A fabulous mid 19th Century Animalier bronze cast from the artist's own workshop, this is a highly sought after bronze study of an Arab Stallion an...
£13500
Hickmet Fine Arts
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1871)
Renarde et ses Petits
A superb and very rare mid 19th Century French bronze study of a family of foxes at play, their caring father evr watchful and vigilant. This bronz...
£5950
Hickmet Fine Arts