A PRIVATE ENGLISH COLLECTION OF EQUESTRIAN BRONZES
Moigniez first exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in 1855 and thereafter at the Salon from 1859 until 1892. His father, a metal gilder by training, set up a foundry in 1857 to edit his son's bronzes and the collaboration produced editions that were memorable for their excellent chasing and variety of patinas. After his father's death, Moigniez used the A. Gouge foundry and his models continued to be very successful in the United States and Great Britain, especially after he won a gold medal at the London International Exhibiton of 1862.
The following three lots depict Moigniez's three different versions of the celebrated filly Little Agnès. As the inscription to lot 69 indicates, Agnès was bred by the Duke of Hamilton at his French stud in 1869, from Saunterer out of Wild Agnès. She won three major races in 1872, the Prix Lupin at Longchamp, the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) at Chantilly and the Fürstenberg Rennen at Baden-Baden. Lot 68, the most elaborate of the three models, shows Agnès tethered to a post at Chantilly, which is emblazoned with the arms of the City of Paris and ensigned by a mural crown.
Little Agnès: a tethered thoroughbred with greyhound and tack