A Curly Coated Retriever by Pierre Jules Mène (French)
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Directory: Fine Art: Sculpture: Bronze: Pre 1900: item # 1204706
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Pierre Jules Mène (French 1810-1879)
Chien au Fouet (A Curly Coated Retriever with a Whip)
Bronze, rich brown to golden patina
Pierre Jules Mène was one of the most successful and prolific Animalier sculptors of the 19th century. His father was a successful metal turner and taught his son the art of metal working at an early age. Though Mène spent many hours drawing and studying the animals he would later sculpt, he received no academic training and was primarily self taught. He established his own foundry in 1837 where he cast all his own bronzes throughout his career. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1838 onwards garnering several medals there as well as at the London exhibitions of 1855 and 1861. Horses and dogs, individually and in groups were his favorite subjects. His bronzes were popular throughout Europe and America and he found great success in his business. His castings are of the highest quality in detail and workmanship and Mène took great care that the last bronze of an edition was as finely cast as the first.