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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 213

    A SEVRES BISCUIT FIGURE OF 'LA BAIGNEUSE FALCONET'

    CIRCA 1761, INCISED CAPITAL T WITH SERIPHS

    Price Realised  

    A SEVRES BISCUIT FIGURE OF 'LA BAIGNEUSE FALCONET'
    Circa 1761, incised capital T with seriphs
    Draped for modesty, standing beside the banks of a river poised to dip her toe into the water, a tree-stump at her left
    14 in. (35.6 cm.) high


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    Also known as Nymphe qui descend au bain, Etienne-Maurice Falconet based his biscuit figure of a bather of 1758 on his life-size marble of the previous year, now in the collection of the musée du Louvre. In 1762, he designed a second bather as a pendant. 'Baigneuse aux roseaux' has often been confused with Simon-Louis Boizot's 'Baigneuse à l'éponge' of 1774. Similar in pose, Boizot's nymph holds a sponge in her hand, truly poised to descend into the water to wash. For a detailed discussion of these models, see Marie-Noëlle Pinot de Villechenon, et. al., Falconet à Sèvres 1757-1766 ou l'art de plaire, Exhibition Catalogue, 6 November 2001 - 5 February 2002, nos. 6, 95b, 97b.

    For another example and its pair in soft-paste, each on 18th century fluted cobalt and white columnar plinths, see Christie's New York, 19 October 2007, lot 358.

    Provenance

    Property from a Distinguished Collection; Arts of France, Christie's, New York, 21 October 1997, lot 104.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION