RELATED LITERATURE G. Grandjean, G. Scherf, Pierre Julien (1731-1804), Paris, 2004, pp. 70-85 and pp. 124-125, cat. no. 18, 19, 21, 22 et 23
This marble is part of the move towards Nature popular in French art from the late 1770s. In the Dairy of Rambouillet, a pavilion designed for Marie Antoinette by the Comte d'Angivillier, the Director of the King's Buildings designed pastoral decorations and commissioned Pierre Julien (1731-1804) to carve marble reliefs mixing agricultural subjects - such as Sheep Shearing or Salt distribution to the goats (inv. no. RF4705 and RF4706) - with mythological subjects, such as Apollo guarding the herds of Admetos or The Infant Jupiter fed by the goat Amalthea (inv. no. R4701 and RF4700). In 1785, Julien was commissioned by Louis XVI himself to carve the marble group of Amalthea with Jupiter's goat for the Grotto of the Dairy (inv. no. CC230).
In overall good condition with surface dirt, notably the crevices and on the base, and minor chips along the edges and to the high points in some places consistent with age and handling. A few natural grey veining and inclusions are visible in some places consistent with the material. The tip of its proper left ear appears to have been slightly retouched. The goat's proper right horn has been reattached with to hairline joints barely visible. Its proper right ear appear to have been also reattached. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."