GUILLIELMUS DE GROF (1676-1742) | PAIR OF GROUPS WITH PUTTI REPRESENTING SEASONS
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
GUILLIELMUS DE GROF (1676-1742)
GERMAN, MUNICH, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
PAIR OF GROUPS WITH PUTTI REPRESENTING SEASONS
bronze, on ebonised wood bases
bronzes: 19cm., 7½in. each
bases: 11.5cm., 4½in. each
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Overall the conditon of the bronzes is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Some of the arms have been carved separately, and joints are slightly visible, including a slightly open but stable joint to the upper arm of the kneeling putto on the Spring group (holding the flower garland). There is a small loss to the terminal of the drapery of the same putto. The proper left front paw of the dog on the other group has also been cast separately, the leg is slightly loose but stable. There are a few original casting fissures, including on the Autumn group (holding the grapes) to the standing putto's proper right hip and shoulder and top of the head, and to the kneeling putto's buttocks, arms and shoulders. There are a few minor casting fissures to the other group, in particular to the back of the proper right knee of the standing putto. There are some nicks and scratches to the patina in areas. There is general wear and rubbing to the patina, in particular to the high points.
The ebonised wood bases are in very good condition, there are some minor nicks and scratches to the surface, in particular to the edges and corners.
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Another pair of casts of the present models by de Grof are preserved in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (inv. nos. E241 and E242). Guillielmus (or Guillaume) De Grof was born in Antwerp in circa 1676, training as a sculptor in Paris, where he eventually entered into the service of Louis XIV. In 1714 he created his seminal equestrian group, the magnificent bronze Apotheosis of Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, inv. no. R3973), commissioned in 1714, whilst Maximilian Emanuel was living in exile in Paris. In 1716, after the Elector had returned to power, De Grof moved to Bavaria, where he became court sculptor, modelling the now lost lead garden sculptures for the Nymphenburg and Schleißheim palaces.
H. R. Weihrauch, Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in anderen Metallen, cat. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, vol. XIII, 5, Munich, 1956, pp. 198-199, nos. 241-242