Sculptor - Pierre Jules Mene
Title - Chien King Charles 1st Version
Sand Cast Bronze
Atelier Pierre Jules Mene
3 1/2" height by 6" length
(9 cm by 15.2 cm)
Mene did many small models of dogs during his career and several of them were of small pets like the King Charles Spaniel. This sculpture of a King Charles Spaniel is one of his early works done in the early 1840s.
The frisky Spaniel is standing on a carpet patterned base with his head up in an alert pose. The character of a well loved pet is perfectly shown.
This model was a popular one and many were cast in the 19th century. Unfortunately it was also often copied. Our bronze is a fine original 1840s cast from Mene's own foundry and shows sharp details in the dog's fur and his feet. It has a rich mid brown patina, a fine example of one of Mene's best small dogs.