• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2845

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    23 - 24 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 387

    A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE OF VENUS

    COLLAS REDUCTION CAST BY BARBEDIENNE AFTER ETIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791)

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE OF VENUS
    COLLAS REDUCTION CAST BY BARBEDIENNE AFTER ETIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791)
    The base signed F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR and stamped with the Collas reduction seal, mounted on a marble oblong socle, the fluted waist inset with a bronze plaque depicting three nymphs, above a berried-laurel cast band and plinth base
    the figure 40 cm. high; 57 cm. high overall


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    The prototype of the The Bather or Baigneuse, was executed by Étienne-Maurice Falconet in circa 1750 and was first exhibited in the Salon of 1757 described as 'no. 131 - Nymphe qui descend du bain'. It shortly after entered the collection of Mme Du Barry at Louveciennes, Versailles but was seized from her on 10th January 1794 during the French revolution. It was subsequently documented in 1824 in the Grand Trianon at Versailles but was then moved to the Louvre sometime shortly after 1855 where it remains until today.

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