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    Sale 7683

    A Rococo Fantasy Treasures from a Bavarian Collection

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 272

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV TERRACOTTA MODELS OF SPHINXES

    AFTER A DESIGN BY NICOLAS COUSTOU, CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV TERRACOTTA MODELS OF SPHINXES
    AFTER A DESIGN BY NICOLAS COUSTOU, CIRCA 1770
    Each semi-draped, on an associated moulded and simulated marble plinth.
    Each 9½ in. (23 cm.) high, 10 in. (25 cm.) wide; 5¾ in. (15 cm.) deep (2)


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    The guardian Egyptian sphinx is theatrically presented as a fine French lady in mid 18th century fashion. The design is possibly based on a drawing attributed to Nicolas Coustou in the Cabinet of Drawings at the Stockholm Museum, thought to be a preliminary sketch for the lead figures of sphinxes which were placed on the terrace of the Royal Pavilion at Marly.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Galerie Camoin, Paris.