• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 267

    A FRENCH ALABASTER EQUESTRIAN GROUP ENTITLED 'L'ACCOLADE'

    AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE-JULE MÊNE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ALABASTER EQUESTRIAN GROUP ENTITLED 'L'ACCOLADE'
    AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE-JULE MÊNE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The base edge inscribed 'P. J. MENE', on a spreading octagonal plinth
    13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high; 19½ in. (50 cm.) wide; 7½ in. (19 cm.) deep
    18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) high, overall (2)


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    Entitled Tachiani et Nedjébé, chevaux arabes, the present model, now known as L'Accolade, was first exhibited in wax at the Salon of 1852 (no. 1479). A bronze cast was exhibited the following year (no. 1440) and, along with two other works, the re-submitted wax won Mêne a medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855. Subsequently becoming one of the sculptor's most popular models, bronze reductions were published by numerous foundries, making this finely carved alabaster version unusual.

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    Saleroom Notice

    One of the horses' tails has been damaged on view and will be repaired at Christie's expense and arrangement after the sale.