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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 121

    A TERRACOTTA BUST OF LOUIS II DE BOURBON, PRINCE DE CONDÉ, CALLED LE GRAND CONDÉ (1621-1686)

    AFTER ANTOINE COYSEVOX, FIRST-HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A TERRACOTTA BUST OF LOUIS II DE BOURBON, PRINCE DE CONDÉ, CALLED LE GRAND CONDÉ (1621-1686)
    AFTER ANTOINE COYSEVOX, FIRST-HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Decorated in Antique armor and inscribed to the reverse A COYSEVOX 1681, on a later grey and brown marble pedestal
    27 ½ in. (70 cm.) high, overall


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    A controversial figure, Louis II de Bourbon was known for his cunning, treachery and bravery-- characteristics which are deftly captured in the original portrait bust by Coysevox, after which the present bust is modeled. Louis II was considered a hero for his victory at the Battle of Rocroi (Ardennes, 1643) during the Franco-Spanish war, which is reflected with his armor in the Roman style, a lion muzzle shoulder piece, and his coat trimmed with the noble fleurs-de-lis. However, Condé was also known for siding with the Fronde in their attempt to check the increasing power of the royal government (his cousin the King of France). This ambivalent nature is reflected with his tense expression, protruding veins, and eagle-like profile, conveying a fierce and powerful energy.

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    Provenance

    By repute, Château de la Ferronière.


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    Keller-Dorian Georges, Antoine Coysevox, Paris, 1920, I, pp. 62-63.
    Chefs-d'oeuvre du musée du Louvre. Bronzes de la Renaissance à Rodin, Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Museum, 1988, p. 235.
    Masterpieces from the Louvre. French bronzes from the Renaissance to Rodin, Brisbane (Australia), Queensland Art Gallery, 1988, p. 68-69.