Greyhound and whippet statues: find out about their history, their value and where to look for the most elegant bronze whippet and greyhound figurines.
Such exquisite canines as whippets and greyhounds inevitably provoke an healthy dose of bragging by their owners and apparently even the ancient Romans indulged in showing off their dogs.
The Animal Room at the Vatican Museum shows an impressive display of the finest sculptures of animals of all times.
We were especially impressed by a statue of two dogs of greyhound type sculpted with great accuracy and competence. This statue dates back to roman times but was restored during the 1700 century.
Maybe the roman statues were the trendsetter for the contemporary fashion of displaying greyhound garden statues at the door of well appointed homes.
These life-size greyhound and whippet statues in obedient pose can beautify a home entrance and can help inspire your dog’s behavior if he has troubles curbing his enthusiasm when greeting guests.
They are also a tasteful replacement for your favorite garden gnome if he has been freed by the Garden Gnome Liberation Front.
So far non pranks have been played with the greyhound garden statues and your decorations and investment should be safe.
No hound lover home is complete without a bronze whippet statue to embellish a bookshelf or a mantelpiece.
The most sought after for their elegance and richness of details are the ones made by Pierre Jules Mene (1810 - 1877).
This French artist was a prolific and successful animalier sculptor who specialized in portraying domestic and wild animals with bronze statues.
Mene’s favorite subjects were horses and, as it often happens for horse lovers, he also loved dogs and hounds which he portrayed while racing or hunting. In his times Mene was a very successful artist and his bronzes were sold in America and Europe.
The Art Déco era, between the two world wars, was a moment of great popularity for whippets and greyhounds. The silhouettes of these hounds inspired many artists that rendered these elegant dogs in stylish figurines made of the most diverse materials: silver, bronze or porcelain.
Especially popular are whippet and greyhound figurines made of fine bone china or resin compounds.
The Lldrò figurines, made of fine porcelain, are beautifully proportioned and detailed. They are especially valuable and coveted by the collectors.