Beautiful brown patina bronze depicting a dog standing on a naturalist terrace animated by branches and herbs. Signed P. J. MENE. Excellent color and details accuracy. Black marble oval base with little chips. Like many sculptors who began their careers in the 1830s, Pierre-Jules Mène (1810-1879) started to study arts with his father, Dominique Leads (1775-1846), a craftsman who works the copper, then with a wood carver, René Compaire. He began earning his living by modeling various subjects for porcelain manufactories. Thus he will make a specialty of animal repertory, like Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875) before him. His hunting scenes dominate its production after 1845, during a period of renewal of hunting practices in aristocratic circles. Their success is consistent and it coincides with this particular trend under the Second Empire. Mène participated at the Paris Salon from 1838 to 1879. He obtained a first class medal in 1852, a third class at the Universal Exhibition of 1855 and the Legion of Honor in 1861.
Bibliography, similar models reproduced in: Michel Poletti et Alain Richarme, Pierre-Jules Mêne, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, Univers du bronze, 2007, p. 93; Jane Horswell, Bronze Sculptures of « Les Animaliers », Reference and Price Guide, Woddbridge, 1971, p. 139.
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