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.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale