Pierre-Jules MÊNE (1810-1879) - Chasse au lapin (group of dogs around a rabbit hole)

A Bronze group with brown patina representing three dogs around a rabbit hole. Cast old edition, dating from the late nineteenth century, inscribed on the front left P.J MÊNE raised on a naturalistically cast base.
History : The original wax from 1853 was exhibited at the Universal Exhibition of 1855 under No. 4492. Many editions were published by Pierre-Jules Mêne and his descendants. The success of the edition was immediate and lasting.

About the artist

Mêne Pierre-Jules (Paris, March 25th 1810 - Paris, May 21th 1879) is a french sculptor.
Son of a brass-turner, Pierre-Jules Mêne was born in the working class area of Faubourg-Saint-Antoine. In 1822, the family settled 12 rue du Vertbois in the area of the Temple. His father, being a member of the Meeting of the Bronze Manufacturers, created a workshop specialized in the manufacturing of ceiling lights and candlesticks. Introduced to the working of metal very young, Pierre-Jules worked at first in his father's company with his brothers and sisters. Artist to the core, he started drawing very early and collected engravings and drawings with a liking for the painter Horace Vernet whose style pleased him and whose work had no secret for him. He married Hortense-Caroline Monnereau in 1832 and they stayed together all their life. He then left the family business and wanted to live with his art : sculpture. He was forced to do jobs unrelated to his vocation in order to survive but he went through his artistic formation with the wood sculptor René Compaire. He started exhibitions at the Salon in 1838 until 1879 and quickly became famous. Surfing on the wildlife wave created by Barye and Fratin, he managed to differentiate himself by exploring themes such as hunting and horse races. His commercial success was unmistakably more brilliant than his colleagues. Like Barye, Mêne opened in 1837 his own foundry in order to edit his works and later his son-in-law's, sculptor Auguste Cain. He carried out with great care the cast-iron and chasing.
Litterature : Poletti & Richarme, Pierre-Jules Mêne: Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2007 page 55
Agen : Arabian Horse
Béziers : Group of Arabian Horses
Château de Compiègne : Arabian Falconer, Ibrahim
Dijon : Djinn ,Arabian Stallion, Mare and its colt.
Château de Fontainebleau : Hunting in Scotland, catching of a fox
Guéret : Two horses
Marseille : To the hole, group , Running Dog , Spaniel
Montpellier : Goat and kid
Morlaix : The Arabian Falconer
Nantes : Hunt Valet, Five Dogs
Nîmes : Ewe and lambs, Cat and its kittens, Pointer, Reared Mare and its colt
Paris Arts Décoratifs : Nibbling goat
Paris Carnavalet : Three Dogs at the Hole
Paris Petit Palais : Arabian Mare and its Colt
Reims : Dog
Rouen : Forced Stag, Wild Boar attacked by Dogs.
Toulon : Arabian Falconer.

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Height : 7.87 in
Base's length : 14.76 in
Base's width : 7.08 in

Time 1880-1890
Origin Paris, France
Materials Bronze
Reference Chasse-au-lapin-Mêne230
 Pierre-Jules MÊNE (1810-1879) - Chasse au lapin (group of dogs around a rabbit hole)

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