4 December 2003
Property From the Descendants of the Artist
Hiram Powers (1805-1873)
inscribed 'H. Powers/Sculp.' (underneath)
20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high
Executed circa 1844-47.
By descent in the family to the present owner.
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Proserpine was one of Powers's most popular works and underwent several changes by the artist. The present work is an example from the second version in which Powers replaced an elaborate wreath of wheat with a classical base of acanthus leaves.
From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea
The Belgian collector, antiques dealer and designer outlines what the art and objects in his library mean to him