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A FRENCH MARBLE GROUP EMBLEMATIC OF NIGHT
A FRENCH MARBLE GROUP EMBLEMATIC OF NIGHT

AFTER THE MODEL BY JAMES PRADIER (1790-1852), LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH MARBLE GROUP EMBLEMATIC OF NIGHT
AFTER THE MODEL BY JAMES PRADIER (1790-1852), LATE 19TH CENTURY
Apparently unsigned
41 ½ in. (105.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Christie's, New York, 24 April 2002, lot 282.

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In 1846, the celebrated French sculptor, James Pradier, created pendant figures celebrating the allegory of Day and Night, including 'Étoile du Berger, Le Jour’ and 'Étoile du Berger, La Nuit’ and a nearly identical pair of figures 'Le Jour’ and 'La Nuit,’ (C. Lapaire, James Pradier (1790-1852) et la sculpture française de la génération romantique, Milan, 2010, p. 358 no. 292-293 and p. 440-441, no. 538-539). All were likely inspired by the compositions of Joseph-Michel-Ange Pollet (1814-1870) who, in 1848, showed a large plaster group at the Salon 'Une Heure de la Nuit’ (no. 4875) which anticipates the graceful curves of the present group.

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