This exceptional small bronze of a Mother and Child
is of outstanding quality. It is one of the rare existing examples of this model, mentioned for the first time in 1700 in the inventory after André Le Nôtre's death, amongst the small bronzes in his collection (no. 318 and 327).
The bronze in the Wallace Collection, London, is considered to be the best known version of this model, another one is in an American private collection, formerly in the collection of Baron Boissel de Monville (1794-1873), in Paris. A third version of lesser quality is in the Louvre Museum, Paris (inv. no. OA 3995).
The present bronze distinguishes itself by the quality of its cast with precise and crisp modelling, its warm light brown patina, and the intimate subject illustrating the tender relation between mother and child.