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Bronze group representing a goat and her kid by Pierre - Jules Mêne .
The goat , with detailed modeling , plays with its young , its paw delicately placed on a stump .
Branches flourish on the richly worked terrace and a stylized barrier at the back finishes the work in a picturesque way .
P.J Mêne opted for a pyramidal composition , the goat is released and the kid is sent to the other side of the composition .
This group is one of the least taken from the " Pâturages " series .
Bronze group with nuanced brown patina .
Signature of the sculptor " P.J.MÊNE " in hollow , on the naturalistic oval terrace , richly chiseled .
Old cast iron .
19th century period .
This group, which is one of the five shipments refused en bloc at the Salon of 1847, is one of the four subjects exhibited at the Salon of 1849.
Pierre - Jules Mêne (1810 - 1879)
Pierre - Jules Mêne , is a French sculptor , born March 25 , 1810 in Paris , city where he died on May 20 1879 .
He is considered to be one of the main representatives of animal sculpture in the 19th century .
Pierre - Jules Mêne produced many animal sculptures , particularly in vogue under 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 work 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 reveals himself , with Barye , as the one whose success has been the most constant , and this over the longest period .
Mêne appears to be one of the best wax practitioners of his time .