Pierre Jules Mêne, French (1810-1879) A wax model of the "Chien Braque (Trim)"circa 1870
Lot 53
Pierre Jules Mêne (French, 1810-1879) A wax model of the "Chien Braque (Trim)"circa 1870
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,400 - 5,000
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Pierre Jules Mêne (French, 1810-1879)
A wax model of the "Chien Braque (Trim)"
circa 1870
the pointer dog stopped with his front left foot raised, on a naturalistic grassy base with leaves, signed PJ MENE to the front, the wax applied to a wooden base, (losses to tail, the wax has weakened over time and the hound is now leaning slightly), 14cm high, 32cm wide


  • Poletti and Richarme in their Catalogue Raisonné of Mene refer to an original wax model of Chien Braque, sold in Marseille by Galerie Lambert in the 'Catalogue de la collection de M.M...' on 8th February 1922 and described as 'cire original no 41: Pointer à l'arrêt, 0,19 x 0,28'. This model is signed on the front left side, PJ. MÊNE, rather than at the right side as in our model, which is also of different dimensions. Bronze versions of the model were first cast in 1872 by Mene's own workshop, although these versions are now very rare. Later versions were cast by the Mene-Cain workshop (1870-1908) and Susse (after 1908).

    Mene must have been pleased with this model as he also incorporated Chien Braque into a larger group featuring two pointers chasing a hare, 'Chasse au lievre dans les vignes', exhibited at the Salon of 1872. The present wax version may well represent Mene's initial conception before casting the single dog in bronze, and subsequently once satisfied with this model, repeating it in a larger, more complex and dramatic composition.

    Related Literature: Pierre-Jules Mêne Catalogue Raisonné, Michel Poletti & Alain Richarme, Univers de Bronze, Paris, 2007. See pages 56 and 97.