This large cast bronze sculpture of three hunting dogs sitting atop a plinth is signed Jules Moigniez, who was a prominent French animalier sculptor of the mid to late 1800s. The bronze group has a rich dark green/brown coloration, and has been mounted to a shaped and patinated wooden base.
The sculpture is quite large, measuring close to 3 feet in total width. It depicts three hunting dogs sniffing around a tree’s root system and rocky terrain. The chiseled details of the sculpture are very fine, which was a trademark of Moigniez. You can observe the musculature of the two lower dogs, contrasted with the long, flowing coat of the higher dog. The rocky ground and the tree roots also show a high degree of craftsmanship and are very nuanced.
Jules Moigniez (1835-1894) was a famed French animalier sculptor, who gained recognition for his cast bronze bird creations, but he was skilled at producing horse and dog sculptures as well. Moigniez would create his sculptures via the complex lost-wax method and his final renderings were expertly patinated. The biggest critique of Moigniez’s works was that his detail was too excessive and that he was too finicky about his chiseling.
This impressive and large sculpture depicting a pack of hunting dogs would need to be displayed in an elevated position, such as on top of a pedestal or sitting on a table.
CONDITION: Good overall condition with some wear to patina. Wear commensurate to age.
H - 21 1/4, W - 33, D - 19 1/2
Large Antique French Bronze Statue of Hunting Dogs, Jules Moigniez
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