• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 852

    A BRONZE GROUP OF APOLLO AND DAPHNE

    CAST FROM A MODEL BY SIMON-LOUIS BOIZOT, FRENCH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE GROUP OF APOLLO AND DAPHNE
    CAST FROM A MODEL BY SIMON-LOUIS BOIZOT, FRENCH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    On an integrally cast naturalistic oval plinth; dark greenish brown patina with brassy high points
    18¼ in. (46.3 cm.) high


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    In 1773, perhaps at the instigation of Mme Du Barry, for whom Boizot worked at Louveciennes, the latter was appointed artistic director of the sculpture studio at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory, during which time he made more than 150 models that were reproduced in biscuit porcelain. In Bourgeois' exhaustive compilation of the porcelain groups produced in Sèvres in the 18th century (loc. cit.), he lists the model of Apollo, Daphne and Peneus as being a work by Boizot executed in 1786. It is quite likely, therefore, that the mould used to create the porcelain group was subsequently adapted for use in bronze casting, resulting in the creation of the present item.

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    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    E. Bourgeois, Le Biscuit de Sèvres - Recueil des Modèles de la Manufacture de Sèvres au XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1919?, no. 67.