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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 372

    A PAIR OF BRONZE HERM BUSTS OF CHILDREN

    CIRCLE OF JEAN RAON (1630-1707), EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BRONZE HERM BUSTS OF CHILDREN
    CIRCLE OF JEAN RAON (1630-1707), EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Each on a spreading rectangular tortoiseshell-veneered base with ormolu borders and bearded masks; reddish brown patina; minor losses to bases
    8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high, each; 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) high, overall, each (2)


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    These bronze busts are clearly influenced by the sculptor Jean Raon, who executed a series of decorative busts in marble with a similar 'herm' format. The present pair rest on tortoiseshell-veneered bases identical to those on a pair of bronze figures of Urania and Clio in the Wallace Collection, London (illustrated in Mann, loc. cit.).

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    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    J. G. Mann, Wallace Collection Catalogues - Sculpture, London, 1931, nos. S183 and S184, pl. 58, p. 70.