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A ROMAN FRAGMENTARY MARBLE GROUP OF EROS EMBRACING THE LEG OF A GOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Property from a Belgian Private Collection

A ROMAN FRAGMENTARY MARBLE GROUP OF EROS EMBRACING THE LEG OF A GOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN FRAGMENTARY MARBLE GROUP OF EROS EMBRACING THE LEG OF A GOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Property from a Belgian Private Collection

A ROMAN FRAGMENTARY MARBLE GROUP OF EROS EMBRACING THE LEG OF A GOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.


laughing and turning his head up and sharply to his left; a channel carved across the knee and with remains of lead, for attachment of a now missing iron clamp.


Height: 47 cm.


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Fragmentary as shown. Coarse-grained Greek marble. Surface weathered overall. Shallow channels carved on either side of the knee and on the inside of the calf, each ending in a mortise. These were used in Rome in the 17th century in order to secure some repairs or restorations using iron clamps or staples set into lead. Side of left hand and left shoulder break were carved flat, probably signs of former restorations now lost.


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Stéphane Dervillé (1870-1924), Domaine d’Ombreval, Domont, Val-d’Oise

Mme de Barral, Domaine d’Ombreval, by 1981

auction on the premises, Statues du Parc d’Ombreval. Ancienne Collection Stephane Dervillé (1870-1924), October 4th, 1997

Galerie Ratton-Ladrière, Paris

Galerie Chenel, Rue du Bac, acquired from the above

acquired by the present owner from the above in 2000

For another example of a figure of Eros grabbing a god’s leg see the Ares Ludovisi: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/16695


Stephane Dervillé owned and operated several marble quarries in France, Belgium, Tunisia, and Italy (especially in Carrara), where he had a second home. In Rome, he acquired large quantities of marble sculpture fragments to decorate his manor house in France, the Domaine d’Ombreval, in the suburbs of Paris. Starting in 1899, his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paris-Lyon-Marseille (P.L.M) railway company greatly facilitated the logistics of shipping his objects from Italy to France. 


The fragments were built into or set against the façades of the Dombreval house, and the statues dispersed in the gardens. Presumably, the interior of the building contained pieces of ancient sculpture as well. These are not documented, as opposed to the exterior sculptures of which a full photographic coverage was produced by the French Ministry of Culture in 1981 (http://archives.valdoise.fr/ark:/18127/586098.663446/daogrp/0#id:1302942485?gallery=true&center=888.156,-1952.664&zoom=6&rotation=0.000&brightness=100.00&contrast=100.00).


Dervillé’s pièce maîtresse was an over-lifesized draped figure of Aphrodite, which stood in the middle of an open meadow and which the Louvre acquired from Bernard Steinitz in Paris in 1996 (A. Pasquier, “Une grande Aphrodite au Musée du Louvre”, Monuments et mémoires de la Fondation Eugène Piot, Vol. 82, 2003, p. 99ff.; https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/aphrodite-doria-pamphili-style).