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Workshop of Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791), French, late 18th / early 19th century,
BATHER OR NYMPH AT THE BATH
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
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Workshop of Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791), French, late 18th / early 19th century,
BATHER OR NYMPH AT THE BATH
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Workshop of Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791), French, late 18th / early 19th century,
BATHER OR NYMPH AT THE BATH

Literature

RELATED LITERATURE 
G. Scherf, Falconet à Sèvres (1757-1766) ou l'art de plaire, exh. cat. musée national de la Céramique, Sèvres, 2001, pp. 92-94.

Catalogue Note

In 1757, Falconet took over the direction of sculpture at the Manufacture of Sèvres. The same year he exhibited at the Salon his Nymph at the bath, inspired by a painting by François Lemoyne. It was so successful that it was made in biscuit the following year and replicated several times by himself and his contemporaries, including Jean-Pierre Antoine Tassaert. Falconet brought a plaster model with him to Russia, now in the Hermitage.

An autograph marble from the property of Madame du Barry in Louveciennes is in the Louvre (inv. no. M. 1846). Another marble with the same details as the present one, including the roses in the nymph's hair, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (81 cm high, inv. no. 1131-1882)(fig. 1).

The nascent femininity of the nymph, her discreet sensuality and her references to the Antique - notably in her hairstyle – are characteristic of Falconet's later works.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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