A bronze sculpture of magnificent detail featuring a hunter and hound set atop an attractive solid marble base. The dog lunges forward enthusiastically and has to be tempered by the gentleman clad in traditional hunting attire. Bearing the replica signature of Pierre Jules Mene. This high quality bronze is a hot cast recast of an original produced using the 'lost wax' process. Lost Wax Method Sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artist's sculpture. In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised. Measurements: Height 47 cm x Width 35 cm x Depth 20 cm Weight 14.2kgs Mene Pierre Jules M?ne (1810 -1879), was a French Sculptor and animali?re. He is considered to be the pioneer of animal sculpture in the nineteenth-century. M?ne produced a number of animal sculptures, mainly of domestic animals like horses, cows and bulls, sheep, goats, etc., which were in vogue during the Second Empire. He was one of a "school of French animali?res" which also included Pierre Louis Rouillard, Antoine-Louis Barye, Auguste Ca?n, and Fran?ois Pompon. M?ne himself 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 the increasingly private homes of the period. The quality of these works is high, comparable to Barye's. M?ne also seems to have 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, later surpassed only by Auguste Rodin.
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