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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 52

    A FRENCH GILT-LEAD AND CARRARA MARBLE WALL FOUNTAIN

    MID-19TH CENTURY, THE GILT-LEAD ELEMENTS POSSIBLY EARLIER

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH GILT-LEAD AND CARRARA MARBLE WALL FOUNTAIN
    MID-19TH CENTURY, THE GILT-LEAD ELEMENTS POSSIBLY EARLIER
    The upper section cast with two putti flanking a swan with outstretched wings and a lowered head, the background issuing reeds and bulrushes, above a low moulded Carrara marble pedestal and shell-form basin, above a truncated fluted column support
    93 in. (236 cm.) high; 38 in. (97 cm.) wide; 29 in. (74 cm.) deep


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    The present lot relates to a fountain executed by Jean-Baptiste Tubi in 1672 after designs by Le Brun. The fountain was one from a project for the entrance of the Théâtre d'Eau at Versailles. Tubi (d. 1700) was one of the most prominent sculptors of his time and received many royal commissions from Louis XIV. In 1750 the Théâtre d'Eau was destroyed and the sculptures dispersed. Tubi's fountain was later acquired by the National Gallery of Art, Washington (see F. Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th centuries, London, 1987, p. 337, fig. 28.). Other related gilt-lead fountains were sold in the celebrated sale of Leopold Double's Collection, 30 May-1 June 1881, lots 332-334.

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    Provenance

    With French & Co., New York, June 1964.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 24 September 1998, lot 34 ($43,700).