Early original signed bronze by French sculptor, Jules Moigniez (28 May 1835 – 29 May 1894). Subject: Fighting sparrows Patina, finish: dore bronze
This is an old one, not a copy from old molds nor reproduction. This highly regarded 19th century French Animalier sculptor, who was often exhibited at the Paris Salon, and whose works are found in museums around the world, worked during the 19th century. His output was primarily cast in bronze, and this one in particular is in a gifted bronze alloy so it has a dore bronze look to it - stunningly beautiful. He was best known for his bronzes depicting birds, and with this one you can certainly see why. The bronze has been in my own collection for many years, and we've all loved it. Starting now to winnow collections down since it's about that time of life. I just can't keep it all, sadly. Will always love this one and surely will regret letting it go.
Very good to excellent. We have not done anything to the old original patina and finish. Originally it would have shown a bit brighter gold-like with it being dore bronze rather than a darker patina bronze. The piece is solid and heavy, weighing at least 4-5 pounds. There are no breaks, no dents or dings on this stunning fine old piece. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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