Thursday, March 26, 2015

PIERRE JULES MÊNE FRENCH, 1810 - 1879


PIERRE JULES MÊNE FRENCH, 1810 - 1879
VAINQUEUR DU DERBY
Bronze with brown patina
height 17 in.; width 17 1/2 in.; depth 5 1/2 in.
43 cm; 44.5 cm; 14 cm

The present model is one of Mêne's most popular works and is thought to represent the 1862 Derby Winner, Caractacus. Exhibited in wax in the Salon of 1863, it appeared in bronze in the following year and was featured as no. 16 in Mêne's catalogue as Jockey à Cheval in two sizes. 

Mêne's animalier sculpture was very popular in Britain, where he exhibited in the Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862. The Derby Winner seems to have been designed specifically for the British market.