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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 60

    A TERRACOTTA RELIEF OF AN ALLEGORY

    FRENCH, POSSIBLY BY GUILLAUME COUSTOU II (1716-1777), CIRCA 1770

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    A TERRACOTTA RELIEF OF AN ALLEGORY
    FRENCH, POSSIBLY BY GUILLAUME COUSTOU II (1716-1777), CIRCA 1770
    Depicting two women in a library interior with a three putti and a lion, the reverse inscribed terre cuite/ par/ G. Coustou/ Erection du palais de l'institut/ (lettres sciences arts)
    11 in. (28 cm.) high, 8 ½ in. (21 cm.) wide


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    As per the inscription, the relief probably depicts the building of the Collège des Quatre-Nations (actual Institut de France, since 1805), whose cupola is visible in the background. The characters most likely depict the academic disciplines taught in the college: literature, science, and art.