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    Sale 7719

    The Irish and Sporting Art Sale

    8 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 170

    Pierre-Jules Mêne (1810-1879)

    Valet de chasse Louis XV (A Louis XV huntsman and hounds)

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    Pierre-Jules Mêne (1810-1879)
    Valet de chasse Louis XV (A Louis XV huntsman and hounds)
    on naturalistic base signed 'P. J. Mêne'
    bronze, rich dark-brown patina
    16½ in. (42 cm.) high; 18½ in. (47 cm.) wide; 8½ in (19 cm.) deep


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    Pierre-Jules Mêne is perhaps the most famous animalier sculptor after Barye, and his hunting groups are consistently the best among the genre. Number 6 in Mêne's catalogue, Valet de chasse Louis XV is one of four groups by Mêne incorporating a Royal huntsman. The present model differs from the other examples, in that the huntsman is shown gesturing the hounds forward with his cap in hand. Mêne's inspiration was no doubt the historical revival of the Louis XV style fashionable during the 1860s.

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