Ceres is one of the well-known group of seven bronzes modelled by Anguier after his return from Rome in 1652 for Tessier de Montarsis, the court jeweler to Louis XIV. Guillet de Saint Georges, in a lecture about the life of Anguier delivered on 6 May 1690 to the French Academy of Painting and Sculpture, describes Anguier's work on Ceres and the other six bronzes in this group: 'Monsieur Anguier fut occupé en 1652 aux modèles de six [sic] figures, chacune de 18 pouces qui ont été jetée en bronze et qui représentent un Jupiter foudroyant, une Junon jalouse, un Neptune agité, une Amphitrite tranquille, un Pluton mélancolique, un Mars qui quitte ses armes et une Cérès eplorée. Ces figures sont aujour'hui à M. Montarsis, joallier du roi' (Mémoires...des Membres de l'Académie Royale..., Paris, 1854, I, p. 438, as cited in Knoedler, op. cit., no. 20).
Further cementing the Anguier attribution is the fact that a version of Ceres shows up in the engravings of the sculpture collection of François Girardon. Girardon, the Sculpteur Ordinaire du Roi had a magnificent and celebrated collection of bronzes which was documented in the engravings by N. Chevallier after drawings by R. Charpentier and published in Paris in 1710 and plate IV includes, as number 11, a 'Ceres, fig. de bronze de M. Anguier' (Tietze-Conrat, op. cit, pp. 54-57, fig. 50 and Avery, op. cit., p. 194).
Additional bronze versions of Ceres are in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. There is a slightly different version in the Victoria and Albert Museum, with Ceres shown as bare-breasted and with different drapery (Avery, op. cit., p. 195). The figure of Ceres is closely related to those of Amphitrite and Jupiter, perhaps the most popular and oft-copied figures of the group, with a dolphin and eagle at their feet, respectively, instead of Ceres' dragon. Anguier later often repeated these figures and in 1654-1658 life-size figures in stone were executed for the ill-fated Finance Minister Nicholas Fouquet.