PIERRE JULES MENE
A good small example of this popular bronze work. Rubbed dark brown patination.
“L’Accolade” is a magnificent bronze group of a ‘spirited’ Arab Stallion and his ‘tetchy’ Mare also entitled “Tachiani et Nedjibe“. This group was Mêne’s finest and most popular subject and has become regarded iconically as the most famous 19th Century bronze horse sculpture ever produced. There were three sizes cast and this example is the smaller version, considered the most naturalistic as it captures the realism of a frozen moment in time. The patination is a wonderful rich brown lightly rubbed to a golden brown that was only attained by the great master P J Mêne himself working in his own foundry and characteristically has the sculptors ‘brush strokes’ of highly defined hand chased surface detail. The composition is raised on a naturalistic base, a decorative integral stepped plinth and is signed P J Mêne.