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Luigi Valadier
PROJECT FOR A DESSERT
Estimate
15,00020,000
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212
Luigi Valadier
PROJECT FOR A DESSERT
Estimate
15,00020,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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Luigi Valadier
ROME 1726 - 1785
PROJECT FOR A DESSERT
Pen and black ink and watercolor over traces of black chalk, within double black ink framing lines
479 by 703 mm; 18 7/8 by 27 3/4 in
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Catalogue Note

Luigi Valadier's workshop was an established institute for the decorative arts, with highly skilled silversmiths and draftsmen mass-producing decorative pieces for many patrons.

This is a design for an elaborate dessert, intended as a table centerpiece.  There is an indication of scale below and Valadier has included a detailed drawing of the actual table ornament.  This project was perhaps made in honor of an erudite woman who was interested in Literature and the Arts, an assumption based on the abundance of female figures that adorn the dessert.  They represent muses from Greek mythology, including Melpomene, who is holding a mask in her hand and who is the muse of Tragedy, Clio, the muse of History, Terpsichore, the muse of Dance and Music, who holds a lyre in her hand, and Polymnia, the muse of Sacred Poetry who is depicted deep in thought, wrapped in a shawl and wreathed with roses.

The design is well-balanced and harmonious: Valadier has introduced a central column and placed the four female sculptures on either side, providing symmetry and order to the whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Master Drawings

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