Large Pair of Bronze Stags After Jules Moigneiz (1835 – 1894)

Large Pair of Bronze Stags After Jules Moigneiz.

Imposing pair of Bronze Stags in the style of Jules Moigneiz….a well known French Bronze Sculptor.

Jules Moigniez (28 May 1835 – 29 May 1894) was a French animalier sculptor who worked during the 19th century. His output was primarily cast in bronze and he frequently exhibited his sculptures at the Paris Salon. He was best known for his bronzes depicting birds, although his skill and versatility enabled him to produce quality horse sculptures (primarily racehorses), dog sculptures and hunting scenes.[1] His bird sculptures were among the finest ever created in his time.
Moigniez was born at Senlis, Oise, France, on 28 May 1835, the son of a metal gilder.[1] Moigniez’s father bought a foundry to cast his son’s sculptures, which was of great benefit to Moigniez as he didn’t have the added foundry costs that most of his contemporaries had to pay. Moigniez studied sculpture under the tutelage of Paul ComolĂ©ra (a student of François Rude) in Paris.[2] It is quite likely that Moigniez’s attraction to bird sculpture was a direct result of his education under ComolĂ©ra, who was himself a bird specialist.
Over the course of his 40-year sculpting career Moigniez exhibited thirty works at the Salon between 1855–92. His first submission in a major art exhibition was his plaster, Pointer Stopping at a Pheasant, at the Exposition Universelle of 1855.[1][2] Moigniez was known for the fine detail and chiseling of his sculptures. His bronzes—usually cast using the lost wax method—were always immaculately chased and patinated, and were especially popular in England and Scotland.[2] More than half of his output during his lifetime was sold in the United Kingdom. By the end of the 19th century, his sculpture had become popular in the United States as well.[1]

In contrast with other animaliers of the period such are P.J. MĂŞne and Antoine-Louis Barye, Moigniez’s bird sculptures often incorporated highly detailed bases complete with bushes, extensive foliage and undergrowth.[2] His castings were generally of excellent quality with a variety of patinas, the gilded and silvered patinas being the most desirable and sought after by collectors.

His bronzes could be reproached for an excess of detail, a result of overly-finicky, over-worked chiseling. Moigniez received redemption, however, by portraying in his sculpture a certain “elegance of attitudes”.[1] His Chien braque arrĂŞtant un faisan (1859), cast in bronze, was acquired by the French government for the château of Compiègne.[1]

As early as December 1869 his sculptures had begun to be imported to the United States by the Philadelphia jewelry firm of J. E. Caldwell & Co. who had a store at 902 Chesnut Street. The store also advertised works by Grégoire, Carrier, Mêne, and other French sculptors.


Probably 19th Century.

Both mounted on a large (and heavy) marble plinth.

Fully marked …..but not authenticated.

These Stags really make a “Statement” !

Large Pair of Bronze Stags After Jules Moigneiz

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland.

Condition: Mint.

Dimensions: 29.75′ Tall, 15″ Wide and 9″ Deep

Price Now: $2,600 (Pair)

After Jules Moigniez (French 1835-1894) Stags Pair

19c French Oak Overmantle

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Jules Moigniez (French 1835-1894) Stag 1

Jules Moigniez (French 1835-1894) Stag 2

Jules Moigniez (French 1835-1894) 2

Jules Moigniez (French 1835-1894)

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