Pair of patinated bronze partridge sculptures by Jules Moigniez
French, Late 19th Century
Height 30/32cm, width 23/27cm, depth 14cm
This excellent pair of bronze game birds – partridge models – were made in France in the late nineteenth century, and are the work of the talented and acclaimed sculptor Jules Moigniez (1835-1894). Known for his lively, quirky, and wonderfully realistic animal sculpture, Moigniez often took the time to enhance the bases of his sculptures to the same extent to the rest of his work, thus elevating the naturalism and giving that extra sense of realism and character to his oeuvre.
Each bird in this pair is a partridge—the ubiquitous European game bird. The partridges are cast from bronze and are finished with a beautiful, polychrome patina. Each partridge in the pair stands on its own base, which is littered with leaves and rocks typical of a partridge’s terrain, all cast in bronze.