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PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Follower of François Duquesnoy (1597-1643),
Italian, Rome, late 17th/ 18th century
FOUR RELIEFS WITH SCENES OF PLAYING PUTTI
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PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Follower of François Duquesnoy (1597-1643),
Italian, Rome, late 17th/ 18th century
FOUR RELIEFS WITH SCENES OF PLAYING PUTTI
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Details & Cataloguing

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Follower of François Duquesnoy (1597-1643),
Italian, Rome, late 17th/ 18th century
FOUR RELIEFS WITH SCENES OF PLAYING PUTTI
each relief stamped UFFICIO ESPORTAZIONE OGGETTI DI ANTICHITA E D'ARTE FIRENZE and 12 DEC 2002; all numbered 4569 (crossed out) and 4613 and several single-digit numbers
terracotta, in gilt and painted wood frames
roundels: 36.5cm., 14 3/8 in. diameter frames: 51cm., 20in. diameter
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Provenance

Giovanni Pratesi, Florence, sold TEFAF Maastricht, 2002

Catalogue Note

The frolicking putti in this decorative set of reliefs clearly derive from François Duquesnoy's composition The bacchanale of the children in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome. Upon arrival in Rome in 1618 the Fleming Duquesnoy was impressed by reliefs of putti on antique sarcophagi. Together with artists such as Nicolas Poussin he cultivated a taste for these scenes of playful putti which would last until the 19th century. Casts of his most famous sculpture, the marble Bacchanale, became fixtures in many artist's studios and elements of it were widely used in their sculpture. Here the sculptor has adapted several specific figures from Duquesnoy's work into his own composition.

RELATED LITERATURE
M. Boudon-Machuel, François du Quesnoy 1597-1643, Paris, 2005, pp. 277-78, no. œ.64b

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