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    Sale 5403

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    24 January 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 178

    Jean-Jacques-François Monanteuil (FRENCH, 1785-1860)

    The Triumph of Amphitrite

    Price Realised  

    Jean-Jacques-François Monanteuil (FRENCH, 1785-1860)
    The Triumph of Amphitrite
    signed and dated 'Monanteuil 1885' (lower left)
    oil on canvas, unframed
    52¼ x 68¼ in. (152.5 x 173.3 cm.)


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    In ancient Greek mythology, Amphitrite was a sea-goddess. When the sea god Poseidon wanted her as his bride, she declined the honor and hid from him in the depths of the ocean. She was found by a dolphin and was brought back to Poseidon who married her. According to tradition apart from Triton, her other offspring include seals and dolphins. In the present work she is shown as the personification of the sea itself, sitting on a chariot pulled by sea creatures surrounded by jubilant sea nymphs, and putti.

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    Saleroom Notice

    The correct date for this lot is 1855 and not as stated in the catalogue.