After Pierre-Jules Mêne, French (1810-1879) An early 20th century bronze figure of a hunter Valet de Limiercast by Susse Fres

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Lot 177
After Pierre-Jules Mêne, French (1810-1879)
An early 20th century bronze figure of a hunter Valet de Limier
cast by Susse Fres

Sold for £ 5,400 (US$ 7,452) inc. premium

Period Design

11 Jan 2011, 12:30 GMT

London, Knightsbridge

After Pierre-Jules Mêne, French (1810-1879)
An early 20th century bronze figure of a hunter Valet de Limier
cast by Susse Fres
the hunter walking with his hound, carrying an oak twig above a naturalistically cast ground, mid brown patination, signed P.J. MÊNE and with the Susse foundry stamp, 47cm high

Footnotes

  • This model was the last sculpture Mêne ever sent to the Paris Salon, on 12th May 1879. He died eight days later, and may never have seen the finished bronze, having exhibited only the wax model rather than the bronze. The right side of the dog is marked with a letter S, this could relate to Rallye Sivry, active between 1867 and 1880 when the master of the hunt was Vicomte Aguado; son of the Empress Eugenie.

    The Mêne-Cain workshop cast editions of this model, as well as Barbedienne in 1894 and of course Susse in 1908 and for some years after.

    Related Literature:
    Pierre-Jules Mêne Catalogue Raisonné, M. Poletti & A. Richarme, Univers de Bronze, 2007, illustrated page 31.
    Les Bronzes Du XIX Siecle, P. Kjellberg, Les Editions de L'Amateur, illustrated page 476.
    Les Animaliers, J. Horswell, Antique Collector's Club, illustrated page 171.
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