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Jules Moigniez (1835-1894)

Jules Moigniez (1835-1894)

A Pair of Pheasants 

Bronze, Signed, H 55cm W 50cm D 27cm 



Moigniez was a French animalier sculptor who worked during the 19th Century. His output was primarily in cast 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 (racehorses), dog sculptures and hunting scenes.

His bird sculptures were among the finest ever created in his time.


Gilt & Turquoise Sevres Vase Circa.1940-1950

Gilt & Turquoise Sevres Vase circa. 1940-1950

Height 121cm / Width 45cm 

Sevres porcelain has been made in Sevres, France, since 1769. Many copies of the famous ware have been made. The name originally referred to the works of the Royal Porcelain factory. The name now includes any of the wares made in the town of Sevres, France. Sevres porcelains are known for their quality, design, and enamel decorations in colors like royal blue, turquoise, rose, and gold. 

This large vase shows two beautiful hand painted illustrations on either side of typical genre scenes. Stunning colours and gilt detail in excellent condition. 

Pierre Jules Mene (1810-1879)

Pierre Jules Mene (1810-1879)

Hunting Dogs. Circa. 1870

38 x 18 x 23cm Bronze, signed


P J Mêne is famous as a French animalières who produced a number of animal sculptures,   including horses, cows and bulls, sheep and goats which were in vogue during the Second Empire. His contemporaries included such well known names as Rosa Bonheur, Paul-Edouard Delabrierre, Pierre Louis Rouillard, Antoine-Louis Barye. As he specialized in small bronzes you will never sees his artistry as public monument. He was very successful in his day, popular with the bourgeois class. Mêne is considered to be the lost-wax casting expert of his time.  

This is an original bronze, cast in his lifetime which makes it of particular interest. The subject matter of dogs is very popular, here showing a retriever and a pointer at work out hunting. 


Inlaid French Dressing Table

A beautiful French Dressing Table, circa. 1880


With exquisite detail on the lid, a mirror on the inside of the lid, small compartments on the inside and delicate curving on the legs. With fruitwoods of kingwood, harewood and tulipwood inlay.

50 x 40 x 72cm


Malachite Mounted Mantel Clock Circa. 1840


A Malchite Mounted Mantel Clock, French circa 1850.

3 and 3/4 inch enamel dial signed "Martin Baskett and Cie A Paris", similarly signed bell striking movement (bell lacking), the crisply cast case surmounted by a shallow urn with grape finial and above a bacchic mask, flanked by scrolling corbels and raised on a break-front plinth decorated with swags, the front inset with four panels of richly coloured malachite.


After J. H Riesener 19th Century

A French Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze mounted Amaranth, sycamore & Fruitwood Marquetry Commode, Design after J. H Riesener. 

H 94cm W 166cm D 64cm 


The shaped marble top above a central long drawer flanked by a pair of short drawers. This stunning commode follows the designs of two models executed by Riesener. The first being a commode created by Riesener in 1778 for Louis XVI's cabinet de retraite at the Chateau de Fontainebleu and was later moved to his library at Versailles. 

The second was created for the bedroom of Pope Pius VII, also at the Chateau de Fontainebleu, in 1801. The purpose of the Pope's visit to Fontainbleu was to discuss with the then First Consul Napoleon, the place of teh Roman Cathoilic church in post-revolutionary France. The resulting concordat of 1801 which consolidated the church's position as the majority church in teh country also lent its name to the Commode - Commode du Concordat.


A Second Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Clock Garniture

 A Second Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Clock Garniture

Clock H 48cm W 60cm D 27cm

Candelabra H 72cm, 6 candle holders. 

A Second Empire gilt and patinated bronze figural clock garniture. c. 1820-1840
The dial and movement signed Charpentier & Cie, Bronziers, A Paris Rue Charlot, N. 8
the clock formed as a recumbent classical maiden clad in diaphanous draped resting on a water urn, raised on an elaborate acanthus and floriate C and S-scroll cast oval base, the 5" signed enamel Roman dial with outer Arabic five minute track, the signed brass twin train movement with outside countwheel striking on a bell, with pendulum and winder, the six light garniture candelabra formed as seated putti holding aloft floriate rose and lily stems with flowerhead candle nozzles, on corresponding scrolling bases.