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A GILT-BRONZE AND CARVED ALABASTER BACCHANTE
FOLLOWER OF NICOLAS CORDIER (1567-1612), SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
Depicted standing in contrapposto, classically dressed and holding a basket of grapes on her left hip, on an integrally carved oval plinth; cracks, minor chips and wear to gilding, the end of the right foot probably replaced
In terms of style and overall composition, the alabaster and bronze figure offered here bears a number of similarities to works by Nicolas Cordier a French sculptor working in Rome at the beginning of the 17th century. The composition is perhaps closest to his figure of St Agnes, a combination of bronze and an Egyptian alabaster torso (see S. Pressouyre, Nicolas Cordier - Recherches sur la Sculpture Rome autour de 1600, Rome, 1984, figs 178-179, pp. 412-413). Although the model upon which the present figure is based seems not to be by Cordier, it is likely that it was realised by an artist who studied Cordier's work during his time in Rome.
Similarly one can compare the present lot with a life size alabaster torso and bronze figure of Tiberio (illustrated in R. Coppel Areizaga, Catalogo de la Escultura de Epoca Moderna, Siglos XVI-XVIII, Madrid, 1998, pp. 338-339), now in the Prado, Madrid. Like the two examples cited, the present lot displays the same classicising features, the same treatment of the drapery and the patina of the bronze suggesting an Italian origin, probably Rome.