A MARBLE RELIEF OF A BACCHANALIAN SCENE
A MARBLE RELIEF OF A BACCHANALIAN SCENE

FLEMISH, CIRCA 1700

Details
A MARBLE RELIEF OF A BACCHANALIAN SCENE
FLEMISH, CIRCA 1700
20 x 32 ½ in. (51 x 83 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Paris, 15 December 2003, lot 2.
Literature
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
J.R. Gaborit (ed.), Sculpture française II. Renaissance et temps modernes, Vol. 2 Goujon - Warin et Anonymes, Paris, 1998, pp. 603-606.
M. Boudon-Machuel, François du Quesnoy 1597-1643, Paris, 2005, pp. 276-297.

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Lot Essay

In a riotous scene, children and satyrs abound; one appears to have succumbed to the revelry, lying forlorn upon a companion; next to them a child strides forward, stepping over a young satyr, holding a jug on his shoulder; another, dressed in animal skin, drinks from a cup, with a goat eating fruit in the foreground. Ultimately deriving from antique compositions, the scene is clearly influenced by the bas-reliefs of the Flemish sculptors François Duquesnoy (1597-1643) and Gerard Van Opstal (1605-1668). The most direct comparables are a series of small reliefs by van Opstal now in the Louvre (Gaborit, loc. cit.).
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