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Pierre Jules MENE

1810–1879, France

Name Pierre Jules MENE
Birth 1810, March, France
Died 1879, 21/5, France

Born in Paris, France, in March of 1810.

Mêne learned the basic principles of sculpture from his father, a metal turner. Later, after working for a while modeling for porcelain manufactures in a style popularized at Sèvres by Marie Antoinette, he studied with René Compaire, showing a clear preference for modeling animals. Mêne, along with other animalier sculptors, studied, modeled and sketched his subjects at the Jardin des Plantes as well as in the studio. He also studied animal anatomy in order to improve the accuracy of his work. He began exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1838.

Mêne worked out of his own foundry for several years early in his career, selling his work through catalogues such as the one he issued jointly with his son-in-law, the sculptor August Nicholas Cain. He was very successful and never found it necessary to seek government commissions. He lived his entire life in Paris, although he traveled from time to time; he took part in the Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862 in London and attained popularity in England second only to that he enjoyed in France. He modeled mostly domestic animals, frequently horses; his bronzes of horses and jockeys were among his most popular, and other equestrian subjects also attracted favorable attention. His models of pointers, setters and foxhounds suggest a familiarity with shooting and foxhunting, although nothing is known of his participation in field sports.

Mêne died in Paris in 1879.

Source: http://www.redfoxfineart.com

Jockey by Pierre Jules MENE

Jockey

Price USD 3,750 (€3,333)
Estimated USD 5,000–8,000
Häst Och Föl by Pierre Jules MENE

Häst Och Föl

Price SEK 7,400 (€796)
Estimated SEK 8,000
Valet De Chiens A Cheval Menant Sa Harde by Pierre Jules MENE

Valet De Chiens A Cheval Menant Sa Harde (1869)

Price USD 1,035 (€750) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 2,000–3,000
Dijn, Cheval à La Barière by Pierre Jules MENE

Dijn, Cheval à La Barière

Price EUR 1,300
Estimated EUR 1,000–1,200
Orientalischer Falkner by Pierre Jules MENE

Orientalischer Falkner (1873)

Price EUR 0 Not sold
Estimated EUR 12,000–15,000
Chien De L'équipage Du Prince De Wagram by Pierre Jules MENE

Chien De L'équipage Du Prince De Wagram

Price EUR 2,100
Estimated EUR 1,600–1,700
Fågelhund by Pierre Jules MENE

Fågelhund

Price SEK 3,400 (€393)
Estimated SEK 1,500
Combat De Cerfs by Pierre Jules MENE

Combat De Cerfs

Price SEK 9,500 (€1,100)
Estimated SEK 12,000–15,000
Chienne Française (belotte) by Pierre Jules MENE

Chienne Française (belotte)

Price EUR 2,100
Estimated EUR 2,000–2,500
Chien épagneul Anglais Pur Sang (mignonette) by Pierre Jules MENE

Chien épagneul Anglais Pur Sang (mignonette)

Price EUR 440
Estimated EUR 400–500
Hjortar I Kamp by Pierre Jules MENE

Hjortar I Kamp

Price SEK 0 (€0) Not sold, incl. buyer's premium
Estimated SEK 30,000–40,000
A Pair Of Hunting Dogs by Pierre Jules MENE

A Pair Of Hunting Dogs

Price USD 1,092 (€771)
Estimated USD 1,000–2,000
Cerf à La Branche by Pierre Jules MENE

Cerf à La Branche

Price SEK 6,500 (€622)
Estimated SEK 8,000–10,000