Good large bronze Labrador
1665/18: P.J.MENE: A good quality and large 19th century BRONZE SCULPTURE of a Labrador-type retriever as she awaits the order from her owner to retrieve the prey. Beautifully modelled as one would expect from this leading French "animalier" artist, she is signed by the artist to the integral bronze base. 12ins long; 9.5ins high; 4.5ins deep. (30.5 x 24 x 11.5cms) *PIERRE JULES MENE (1810-1879), a leading member of the French 'animalier' movement, started work with his father, a metal turner, and by 1837 he was casting his own sculptures. He enjoyed great success as a sculptor and the quality of his work is comparable to the great Barye.
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