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    Sale 5348

    Christie's Interiors

    11 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 298

    A FRENCH BRONZE GROUP OF 'LE BAISER DONNÉ'

    AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE HOUDON, PROBABLY CIRCA 1800

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    A FRENCH BRONZE GROUP OF 'LE BAISER DONNÉ'
    AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE HOUDON, PROBABLY CIRCA 1800
    Set on a white and grey marble and ormolu plinth
    11in. (28cm.) high overall


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    Le Baiser donné is without doubt Jean-Antoine Houdon's most erotically charged composition. Originally conceived in circa 1772, when Houdon sent a plaster version to the duke of Saxe-Gotha in Germany, this highly ingenious double-bust depicts two idealised young lovers bound by a chain of roses in a sensual embrace. The visual vocabulary that Houdon used in the conception of this group is rich and symbolic; the boy's hair is tied in a ribbon, the girl's is braided and bound by a string of pearls, combined they are the symbolic attributes of Venus and imply the idea of Profane Love.

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