• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 825

    A CARVED MARBLE FIGURE OF A SEATED CHILD

    BY JOSEPH GOTT (1786-1860), CIRCA 1830

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    A CARVED MARBLE FIGURE OF A SEATED CHILD
    BY JOSEPH GOTT (1786-1860), CIRCA 1830
    Depicted sitting and holding a bird; on an integrally carved oval plinth signed on the proper right side 'J. GOTT. Ft.'
    21½ in. (54.6 cm.) high


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    Joseph Gott trained in London under John Flaxman between 1798 and 1802 and from 1805 at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1822 he permanently moved to Rome, where he and his compatriot John Gibson, achieved great notoriety. He continued to make frequent visits to England and won commissions from both the aristocracy and the industrial magnates of the north.

    Although Gott's sculpture contains strong classicising elements, such as the form of the drapery and stylised faces seen here, he rarely adopted the austere neo-classical style that was practised by Gibson. His sculpture instead displayed an air of simplicity that was both playful and romantic.

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    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Joseph Gott, 1786-1860, Sculptor, T. Friedman and T. Stevens eds., 1972.