Few bronze reductions of Coysevox' Crouching Venus approach the original marble as closely as the present bronze. Particularly the elaborate twisting and curling of the hair as it falls into Venus' right hand is seldom so well developed as here. Another striking difference with other small bronze versions is the indication of the tiled terrasse as deployed in the Louvre marble (no. MR 1826). These features of Coysevox' model were also translated into a full-size bronze by the Vinache foundry for the Château de Marly in 1688-9. A similarly well-cast reduction, acquired in Paris by Baron Raymond Leplat in 1716, is in the Dresdener Skulpturensammlung (no. H4 155/40).
K. Zock, European Sculpture, exh. cat. Daniel Katz Ltd, London, 2002, pp. 116-21, no. 19; F. Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th centuries. The reign of Louis XIV, 4 vols., Oxford/ London, 1977-1993, vol. I, pp. 191-3, no. 37 and vol. IV, pp. 54-5, no. 37; The French Bronze. 1500 to 1800, exh. cat. M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1968, no. 27A
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