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    Sale 12029

    The Opulent Eye - 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets

    7 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    FRANÇOIS RUDE (FRENCH, 1784-1855)

    Hébé et l'aigle de Jupiter (Hebe and Jupiter's Eagle)

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    FRANÇOIS RUDE (FRENCH, 1784-1855)
    Hébé et l'aigle de Jupiter (Hebe and Jupiter's Eagle)
    signed 'Rude' and with foundry inscription 'Thiebaut Frères / Fumière et Guignot Srs / Paris'
    bronze, dark brown patina
    29 ¾ in. (77 cm.) high
    Conceived 1855-1857.
    This cast circa 1900.


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    Representing Hebe, the cupbearer to the gods, lifting a goblet of nectar out of the reach of Jupiter who has assumed the form of an eagle, the present bronze is a reduction of a full-scale marble by François Rude in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon (1851-1856). In 1846 the city of Dijon, Rude's birthplace, commissioned the artist to create a sculpture for its museum leaving him to decide upon the subject; in response, from 1851, Rude worked on Hébé et l’aigle de Jupiter which was completed after his death by his pupil and nephew, Jean Baptiste Paul Cabet (1815-1876), and shown at the Salon of 1857. With its adherence to antique precedent, careful attention to the human form and dramatic composition, the present, especially well-cast bronze reduction by Thiebaut is a fine testament to Rude’s œuvre.