The present group is typical of Moreau's allegorical and classical statuettes, more usually seen in bronze. Other marble examples of this model and size, sold Sotheby's, London, 14 December 2001, lot 182 (£17,750), titled 'A pair of Arcadian lovers', and Dorotheum, Vienna, 9 April 2009, lot 477 (55,200 Euro).
Mathurin Moreau (1822-1912) was the eldest brother in a successful and prolific family of sculptors. Mathurin studied under his father Jean Baptiste Moreau, Ramey and Dumont. He worked on numerous public monuments, as well as a series of large decorative bronze statuettes, for which he is primarily famed. He exhibited at the Salons, winning numerous awards and a medal at the 1900 Paris Great Exhibition. Moreau's career was long and successful, specialising in allegorical and classical figures, statuettes of historic personalities and busts of his contemporaries. His work still embelishes major monuments around Paris today: l'Opéra, l'Hôtel de Ville, le Palais de Justice and the church of Saint- Augustin.