6 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 9,375
Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000
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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Acquired from Galerie Camoin, Paris.