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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    A FRENCH TERRACOTTA FIGURE STUDY OF PHILOPEMEN

    ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID D'ANGER (1788-1856), SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH TERRACOTTA FIGURE STUDY OF PHILOPEMEN
    ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID D'ANGER (1788-1856), SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Depicted standing wearing a helmet, his left arm holding his cloak and his right hand extracting an arrow from his right thigh, a shield resting behind his left calf, on an integral square base, with an inscription in black ink on the base and bearing a paper label printed 'TRINITY FINE ART No. 1218'
    11¾ in. (30 cm.) high


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    The statue was commissioned by the government of Louis-Philippe in 1832 and the marble, completed in 1837, was installed in the Jardin des Tuileries as part of a program of didactic statues. In 1859 it became part of the Louvre Collection as an important work 'de Chef d'école et objet d'étude pour les artistes'. David d'Angers has captured the Greek General towards the end of the Battle of Sellasia (222B.C.), illustrating an episode from Plutarch's Lives.

    Provenance

    Victor Pavie (1808-1856).
    with Trinity Fine Art, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION
    (LOT 105)


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    Los Angeles, County Museum of Art, The Romantics to Rodin, 1980, pp. 222-223, no. 101.
    Angers, Musée d'Angers, Galerie David d'Angers, 1985, p. 63.