Solid cast bronze Seated Bloodhound, signed P.J. Mene. A great fine art addition to a den or man cave. Pierre-Jules Mene (1810-1871) was one of the most successful and prolific animalier of this day, especially in monetary terms. He was born in Paris to a prosperous family. In 1838 he exhibited his famous "Dog and Fox" at the Salon and established his own foundry in the same year. Mene won four medals at the Salon and at major exhibitions, receiving the Cross of the Legion d'honneur in 1861. His bronzes were at first influenced by the English painter Landseer, but he soon developed his own naturalistic style. Mene had an eye for the lucrative English market and two first class medals were won at the London Exhibitions of 1855 and 1861. Mene concentrated on the gentle side of animal life, giving his animals a character and appeal of their own, capturing a moment in time. This is a 20th century casting. Measurements: approximately 7 inches high
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