A stunning bronze sculpture of a gun dog diligently at work in search of his prey.In the manner of the famous work by Pierre Mene and bearing his replica signature.The attention to detail throughout is absolutely fantastic and the piece is set on an attractive green marble base.17 cm height33 cm width14 cm depth 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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