Bronze with old gilded and nuanced brown patina
late 19th century
height 30 cm
length of the base 42,5 cm
Jules Moigniez (1835-1894) was a French animal sculptor. His father was a metal gilder. Jules was a student of Paul Comolera (1818-1897), a great sculptor specializing in birds. His master was Paul Comoléra who was a pupil of François Rude.
Moigniez exhibited at twenty years old his first sculpture "A pointer Dog stopping a pheasant" at the Universal Exhibition of 1855 in Paris. He then exhibited regularly at the Salon, from 1859 to 1892, where he got an honorable mention from the first year. He presented his sculptures again at the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1878.
Moigniez was successful, particularly in England and the United States. Indeed, his works were considered remarkably detailed, with a very deep carving, complemented by an elegance in the attitudes. Considering his son's success, Jules Moigniez created a foundry for him.