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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 177

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE MODELS OF BACCHANTES

    IN THE MANNER OF JOSEPH-CHARLES MARIN, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE MODELS OF BACCHANTES
    IN THE MANNER OF JOSEPH-CHARLES MARIN, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each resting against a tree, holding aloft a sceptre, on a circular plinth cast in relief with musical putti, on a square mounted rouge griotte marble base
    25¼ in. (64 cm.) high (2)


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    This celebrated model, traditionally associated with Claude Michel, dit Clodion was in actual fact more probably executed by the sculpteur Joseph-Charles Marin (1759-1843). Manufactured as both candelabra and as ornamental bronzes, this model was retailed by the prominent marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre, who sold a pair of candelabra of this model in his 1791 sale at Christie's. In classical mythology, bacchantes were the female devotees of Bacchus, god of wine, and like their male equivalents the satyrs, always accompanied him on his travels.

    A closely related pair of Bacchantes are in the Wallace Collection, London. Standing on verde antico plinths, they are discussed in R. Wenley, French bronzes in the Wallace Collection, London, 2002, pp. 90-91 (S215-6). The Wallace also owns a pair of Bacchante candelabra of this model (F148-9).

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