Sculptor - Pierre Jules Mene
Title - Accolade (large)
Sand Cast Bronze
Susse Freres Foundry
13 1/2" height by 23" length
(34.3 cm by 58.3 cm)
The Accolade is probably one of the most famous horse bronzes of all time along with Barye's Cheval Turc, both are icons of Animalier and Romantic 19th century sculpture.
Mene’s portrait of two Arabian horses, Tachiani the Stallion and Nedjibe the Mare, shows their individual characteristics superbly. The spirited Stallion with his head over the neck of the high strung Mare is a wonderful composition that has no rival. The tension that Mene portrays between the Mare and the Stallion in this superb bronze is uncanny.
Mene first exhibited a model of "Tachiani et Nedjibe, Arab horses" in the Paris Salon of 1853 and it won a medal in 1855 at the Exposition Universelle. The sculpture was renamed “L’Accolade” and it is considered to be one of his most famous works. The Accolade immediately met with vast public approval and success and was eventually cast in three sizes, this being the original large size.
This bronze of the Accolade is a fine large 19th century bronze cast by the Susse Freres foundry with a rich dark brown patina and good details. A fine example of Mene’s best known sculpture, this impressive large bronze would enhance any home or office.