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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    A PAIR OF CARVED MARBLE BATHING NYMPHS

    WORKSHOP OF ETIENNE MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791), LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF CARVED MARBLE BATHING NYMPHS
    WORKSHOP OF ETIENNE MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791), LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each on an integrally carved naturalistic base and mounted on a circular marble socle
    11 ¾ in. (29.7 cm.) high overall


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    Etienne-Maurice Falconet was one of the most important artistic figures of 18th century France. The present marble figures are entirely consistent with other known small-scale marbles produced by Falconet whilst he served as director of sculpture works at the Manufactory of Sèvres (1757-1766), including examples in the Wallace Collection, London, and the Frick Collection in New York (Pope-Hennessey, loc. cit.).

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Sold with the approval of the Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to benefit acquisition funds


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    L. Réau, Etienne-Maurice Falconet, I, Paris, 1922, pp. 235-240, pls. XV-XX.
    J. Pope-Hennessy and A. Radcliffe, The Frick Collection - An Illustrated Catalogue, IV, New York, 1970, pp. 95-97.
    Z. Zaretskaia and N. Kossaréva, La Sculpture de l'Europe Occidentale à l'Ermitage, 1970, figs. 108-109.