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Bronze group representing a brace of two Arabian horses by Pierre-Jules Mêne .
These are two specific Arabian horses from Algeria , " Tachiani "
for the male, and " Nédjibé "
for the mare .
The horses are represented in motion , free , in full amorous parade
Nuanced brown patina .
The work is part of the realistic spirit of the school of nature which, from 1830 to the end of the century, will experience an immense vogue in France and to which Pierre-Jules Mène adhered with Rosa Bonheur , Jules Dupré and Brascassat , who were his friends .
Bronze group signed " P.J. MENE " on the naturalist oval terrace .
Bronze dated " 1865 "
following the signature of the sculptor .
The oldest proofs are dated " 1865 ", the year the work was produced .
The series of horses is one of the strongest in Pierre-Jules Mêne's collection .
It began in 1837 with the “ Percheron Horse ” or the “ Old Breton Horse ” , refused at the Salon that year , and ended in 1877 with the " Horse with a palm tree " .
Pierre - Jules Mêne (1810 - 1879)
Pierre - Jules Mêne , was a French sculptor , born March 25 , 1810 in Paris , city where he died May 20 , 1879 .
He is considered one of the main representatives of animal sculpture in the 19th century .
Pierre-Jules Mêne produced many animal sculptures , particularly in vogue during the Second Empire , like Antoine-Louis Barye , Auguste Caïn , Pierre Louis Rouillard and , later , François Pompon .
Mêne specialized in small bronzes , and did not produce works for public statuary .
His animal subjects have enjoyed great popular success .
Exclusive publisher of his works , the perfection of his productions is widely recognized .
He is revealed , with Barye , as the one whose success has been the most constant , and this over the longest period .
Mêne appears as one of the best wax practitioners of his time .