PIERRE JULES Mêne

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Pierre-Jules Mêne (French, 1810 ~ 1879) Mêne was born in Paris, the son of a prosperous metal-turner. His father trained him in metal-working techniques and he quickly put them together with his own natural talent for drawing and by 1837 he was casting his bronze sculptures in his own foundry. Mêne was a French sculptor and animalière and 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 animalières which also included Rosa Bonheur, Paul-Edouard Delabrierre, Pierre Louis Rouillard, Antoine-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 bourgeois class 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. Examples of Menê’s work reside in venues around the world, including museums such as the Ashmolean, the Louvre, the Metropolitan, and the R.W. Norton Art Gallery.

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PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1879)
'Irish setter'
Pierre-Jules Mêne (25 March 1810 – 20 May 1879) was a French sculptor and animalière. Mêne was born on 25 March 1810 in Paris, France. As a ...
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Bart Wouters Gallery
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1879)
'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 (1810-1879)
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 (1810-1879)
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 (1810-1879)
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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Butchoff
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1879)
Djinn-Étlalon-Barbe
A very fine bronze study of a stallion standing behind a post and rail fence exhibiting excellent hand finished surface detail and good colour, ent...
£5,500
Hickmet Fine Arts
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1879)
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...
£13,500
Hickmet Fine Arts
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1879)
P J Mene - 'L'Accolade' - 1869
P J Mene - "L'Accolade" ( "the embrace") - 1869 - wax cast bronze of pair of horses on a marble base 28"w x 12"d x 17"h
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Church Street Antiques
PIERRE JULES MÊNE (1810-1879)
Renarde et ses Petits
From our important Animaliers Bronze Collection we are delighted to offer an exquisite and very rare mid 19th Century <a href="https://hickmet.com/...
£4,650
Hickmet Fine Arts