Presented is a 20th century bronze sculpture, after Jules Moigniez, of an eagle having just landed on a perch. The dignified eagle has its wings stretched upwards and one claw raised, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. Textured feathers, rugged base, and sharp talons testify to Moigniez’s artistry. The bronze sculpture sits atop a green marble base with a plaque reading, “EAGLE / By Moigniez.” The cast signature, J. Moigniez, is shown on the base and the reverse is stamped, “FOUNDERS AUTHORIZED Edition No. 24/100.”
Jules Moigniez (1835-1894) was a French sculptor widely known for his highly detailed bronze works depicting dynamic wildlife. After studying under Paul Cromolera, Moigniez made a name for himself at his first exhibition in 1855 at the Exposition Universelle. Since then, he continued to show his works on a yearly basis. While many artists at the time focused solely on the subject, Moigniez incorporated highly detailed bases to accommodate his various animals. In America and England, his bird sculptures gained massive popularity and he soon became better known for his birds. After Jules Moigniez’s tragic death in 1894, his father continued to cast his son’s bronzes from the foundry he purchased. Just before Moigniez’s father also passed away, he sold the foundry and his casts to Auguste Gouge, who once cast bronzes for Paul Cromolera. Gouge continued to produce Moigniez’s bronze sculptures until just after WWI.
Eagle sculptures, such as this, gained such popularity in America because of the symbolic and historical meanings associated with the elegant bird. The eagle motif has been widely used throughout American history, most notably as part of our Great Seal. The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery was prominent. Since then, the eagle motif has appeared in allegorical engravings, patriotic banners and posters, and in beautiful wooden carvings and sculptures.
Overall very good condition. Stamped “FOUNDERS AUTHORIZED Edition No. 14/100.” No notable damage. Sits on a green marble base with plaque.
Dimensions: 31 ½” H x 18 ¼” W x 18” D
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