Bronze sculpture of an Arab horseman after Pierre-Jules Mêne
French, 19th Century
Height 77cm, width 73cm, depth 30cm
This impressive patinated bronze sculpture is after Pierre-Jules Mêne’s celebrated original. The sculpture depicts a male figure on horseback, the duo adeptly cast and finished with a beautiful, warm patina. The man holds his arm over his head to catch the eponymous falcon. The moment depicted is one of great momentum: the horse, reins pulled by the rider, slows, the tension in its body palpable, as the falconer attempts to retriever his falcon. The Orientalist piece is an unsurpassed example of animalier sculpture, both in terms of its craftsmanship and subject matter.
The base is signed ‘P. J. Mêne’.