1 July 1997
A set of six terracotta busts of gods and goddesses
Flemish, 18th century
Each on an associated square stone socle; Diana with a lead crescent in her hair.
Minor damages; restorations.
35 to 39¾ in. (88.9 to 101 cm.) high (6)
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J. Leeuwenberg and W. Halsema-Kubes, Beeldhouwkunst in het Rijksmuseum - catalogus, Amsterdam, 1973, pp. 264-265, 281-282, nos. 358a-d, 359a-b, 387a-b.
Comparisons can be made between the present set of busts and ornamental garden statuary (Leeuwenberg and Halsema-Kubes, loc. cit.), although these busts were unlikely ever to have been intended for outdoor use, not least because of the fragile nature of the material. With the vigorous modelling evident in the bearded male figures, and the more delicate oval faces of the goddesses, these busts can be placed in the artistic context of late baroque Flanders.
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