• Architectural Heritage: The Ad auction at Christies

    Sale 5458

    Architectural Heritage: The Adrian and Suzy Puddy Collection

    10 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 45

    A FRENCH COMPOSITE STONE FIGURE OF VENUS BATHING

    LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY, AFTER ÉTIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791)

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH COMPOSITE STONE FIGURE OF VENUS BATHING
    LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY, AFTER ÉTIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791)
    On a cylindrical shaped pedestal
    The figure -- 49 in. (124.5 cm.) high
    78½ in. (199.5 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 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.

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