View 1 of Lot 3. AFTER CHRISTOPHE-GABRIEL ALLEGRAIN (1710-1795), FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865 | VENUS AFTER THE BATH.
View 1 of Lot 3. AFTER CHRISTOPHE-GABRIEL ALLEGRAIN (1710-1795), FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865 | VENUS AFTER THE BATH.
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AFTER CHRISTOPHE-GABRIEL ALLEGRAIN (1710-1795), FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865 | VENUS AFTER THE BATH

Estimate:

15,000 - 20,000 GBP

AFTER CHRISTOPHE-GABRIEL ALLEGRAIN (1710-1795), FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865 | VENUS AFTER THE BATH

AFTER CHRISTOPHE-GABRIEL ALLEGRAIN (1710-1795), FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865 | VENUS AFTER THE BATH

Estimate:

15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot sold:

18,750

GBP

AFTER CHRISTOPHE-GABRIEL ALLEGRAIN (1710-1795)

FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865

VENUS AFTER THE BATH


inscribed: GRAUX-MARLY. / FT DE BRONZE A PARIS

bronze, black patina

130cm., 51⅛in. 

Heinrich Ueberall (1869-1939), Berlin;

given by the above as collateral to the Dresdner Bank, Danzig;

sold by the Dresdner Bank to the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (inv. no. B II 297) in 1935;

restituted by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz to the heirs of Heinrich Ueberall in 2019

B. Maaz (ed.), Nationalgalerie Berlin: Das XIX. Jahrhundert, Bestandskatalog der Skulpturen, vol. I, Leipzig, 2006, p. 47, no. 28

Like the preceding lot, the present bronze was cast by the Graux-Marly foundry, which was active from 1845 but ceased production before 1864. Also copying an iconic sculpture of Venus - in this case that by the 18th-century French sculptor Christophe-Gabriel Allegrain - it is likely to have been made as a pendant to the Hope Venus (see lot 2).


The present lot was restituted by Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz to the heirs of Heinrich Ueberall in 2019, together with the painting Sarah brings Hagar to Abraham by Matthias Stomer, which is being offered in Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening sale on 3 July (lot 25).