Lot 28
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ALBERT-ERNEST CARRIER-BELLEUSE | La Nuit (Allegory of the Night)

30,000 - 40,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
  • La Nuit (Allegory of the Night)
  • signed: A. CARRIER.
  • white marble

Catalogue Note

La Nuit was sold in marble in Carrier-Belleuse's first 1868 Drouot sale as no. 2, in the same size as the present lot. A marble of the same model was sold in these rooms on 14 December 2001, lot 147; whereas a variation on the model, which has modest drapery slung from a belt around the woman's waist, was sold earlier in that same year, 27 April, lot 190.  The personification of the night as a draped woman holding a sleeping baby was prominent in Neoclassical iconography. Perhaps most famously, Thorvaldsen's relief of Night shows a winged figure of the Night holding two sleeping putti. The present marble is a tender and detailed group of the same theme, by one of France's most prolific 19th-century sculptors, showcasing Carrier-Belleuse's eye for detail and technical prowess.  

J. Hargrove, The Life and Work of Albert Carrier-Belleuse, New York, 1977, p. 232