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A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE OF HEBE SEATED ON JUPITER'S EAGLE, cast from a model by Louis-Charles-Hippolyte Buhot, Hebe shown lightly clad and her hair dressed with a tiara, her left arm encircling the eagle's neck and holding the drinking cup, her right arm raised and holding aloft the wine beaker from which she pours the ambrosia, the eagle's left wing extended and supporting the nymph, signed C. BUHOT, on turned rouge marble socle, second half 19th Century

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A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE OF HEBE SEATED ON JUPITER'S EAGLE, cast from a model by Louis-Charles-Hippolyte Buhot, Hebe shown lightly clad and her hair dressed with a tiara, her left arm encircling the eagle's neck and holding the drinking cup, her right arm raised and holding aloft the wine beaker from which she pours the ambrosia, the eagle's left wing extended and supporting the nymph, signed C. BUHOT, on turned rouge marble socle, second half 19th Century
25½in. (65cm.) high
Literature
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
New York, Shepherd Gallery, Western European Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century, 1973, No. 9

Lot Essay

Louis Charles Hippolyte Buhot (1815-1865) was a pupil of David d'Angers, studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon from 1837 up to the year of his death, when he exhibited the original version of the present group. In creating his Hebe and Jupiter's Eagle, Buhot was employing a popular subject, which he transformed into an intimate and animated composition, further enlivened by the contrast of the smooth skin with the feathery wings.
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