• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 832

    A CARVED MARBLE FIGURE OF THE MUSE CLIO

    WORKSHOP OF JOHANN HEINRICH DANNECKER (1758-1841), LATE 18TH OR EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A CARVED MARBLE FIGURE OF THE MUSE CLIO
    WORKSHOP OF JOHANN HEINRICH DANNECKER (1758-1841), LATE 18TH OR EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Depicted seated on a rock-work base and reading from a scroll in her left hand; inscribed along the front of the base 'Clio'; very minor chips
    38¾ in. (98.5 cm.) high


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    The marble figure of the Muse of History, Clio, offered here is virtually identical to a marble in the former country residence of the Russian imperial family, Pavlovsk. The Pavlovsk marble, considered to be an authograph work by the German sculptor Johann Heinrich Dannecker, is thought to have been executed between 1785-9 and accompanies a series of Muses also attributed to Dannecker and copied after antique prototypes principally in the Musei Vaticani, Rome (see E. Ducamp, Pavlovsk - The Collections, Paris, 1993, pp. 87-90, nos. 35, 37-45.). The extreme closeness in style, detail and size between the Clio offered here and the Pavlovsk example supports an attribution of the present lot to Dannecker's workshop.

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