Désiré-Maurice Ferrary French, 1852-1904
- signed: Ferrary
- white marble, yellow marble, and bronze, dark brown patina with touches of blue and green, heightened with gilding, on a mottled green marble base
The present sculpture of Juno is another very impressive example of Ferrary’s predilection for combining different marbles and materials. The contrast of the pure white marble for the Juno figure, framed by the dark bronze background and the yellow marble throne, emphasises the smooth lines of the body and sets the figure apart. Juno’s traditional attribute, the peacock, cast in bronze, is skilfully used as a back support. Juno’s regal, confident, yet sensual pose clearly showcases Ferrary’s preferred style, comparable to the attitude of the Salammbo. These combined features make the Juno a unique and captivating masterpiece.
La Sculpture Française au XIXe Siècle, exhib. cat., Grand Palais, Paris, 1986, p. 154, fig. 161;
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century. Dictionary of Sculptors, Atglen, 1994, pp. 314-315