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A BRONZE MODEL OF ARIADNE

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A BRONZE MODEL OF ARIADNE
CAST FROM A MODEL BY MICHEL ANGUIER (1612-1686)

On an integrally cast rectangular plinth.
Brown patina with greenish-brown highlights.
18½in. (47cm.) high
Literature
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
A. Gibbon, Bronzes Français du Grand Siècle, 1985, figs. 17, 21

Lot Essay

Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, fell in love with Theseus, son of the King of Athens, and helped him to escape from the labyrinth of the Minotaur by giving him a ball of string with which to retrace his steps. She was rewarded for her efforts by being abandoned by Theseus on Naxos, but was later rescued by Bacchus, who removed her jewelled crown and threw it into the heavens, where the jewels became a constellation of stars.
The present model is published by Alan Gibbon as being by Michel Anguier (Gibbon, loc. cit.), although it is not one of the celebrated series of gods and goddesses commissioned by Louis XIV's jeweller Montarsis. Seemingly rarer than the Montarsis bronzes, the Ariadne may nevertheless be compared to them, particularly the Amphitrite, in terms of its restrained and graceful pose.
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