Atelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules MeneAtelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules Mene

A rare and exquisite mid-19th century sand-cast model of a stag deer executed in Pierre-Jules Mêne's own atelier, it is a silky and finely detailed model with a reddish-brown oxide surface patina preserved under wax. The steady yet delicate movements of the animal are captured beautifully in this small bronze. He walks through a naturalistic base with strewn foliage and a crisp signature "P.J. MENE". The base styling and joinery gives some indication of the early casting date.

Artist Listings & Further Reading: Bronzes of the 19th Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, 1994; see p. 472-75 for the Susse catalog of Mene and Cain's work noting this sculpture as no. 123 titled "Cerf Commun" with dimensions of 17 cm h, 18 cm l, and a price of 50 francs; the catalog also lists "Cerf Muntjak" of the same dimensions, which is a right facing model that was likely cast in conjunction with this model, as the two compliment eachother beautifully; see Christopher Payne's "Animals in Bronze" for a model of "Cerf Muntjak" (2002, p. 186, f. De10)
The Animaliers, James Mackay, 1973, p. 149; as part of Mackay's reproduction of a fragment of Mene's catalogue, he includes two lists of works with dimensions; the present work is likely no. 6 from the "Supplementary List", noted as 'Stag with eight-point crown, 18cm, 7"'
Bronze Sculpture of 'Les Animaliers', Jane Horswell, 1971, p.106; noted as "Walking Stag" circa 1840s with 6 1/2" height in dark patination

Measurements: 7 1/4" W (base 6 1/4" W) x 2 3/8" D x 6 1/8" H

Condition Report: In exceptional condition, original patina with very minor handling wear.

ITEM ID
005FXP27P
STYLE
Realism
AGE
19th Century
COLOR
Brown, Red
MEDIA
Bronze
ORIGIN
France • French
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Atelier Cast of “Cerf Commun” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Pierre Jules Mene

$2,420

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