Albert Xavery (1664-1728) | Netherlandish, The Hague, dated 1706 | Actaeon and Endymion
Property from an English Private Collection
Albert Xavery (1664-1728)
Netherlandish, The Hague, dated 1706
Actaeon and Endymion
Endymion signed: ALBERTVS XAVERY; and Actaeon inscribed and dated: INV ET FECIT 1706
partially gilt marble, with a white wash
115cm., 45 1/4 in. each
(Endymion: 148cm., 58 1/4 in. including wood spear)
The figures are weathered due to their placement outside. As a result there are losses and flaking to the white paint and gilding, and a coarse, porous surface with minor nicks throughout. There is lichen present on the surfaces of both figures. The proper right hand of Actaeon is reattached and possibly a replacement. The wood spear is later. Otherwise the condition is good.
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Statuary became a must-have feature of Netherlandish gardens following the French architect and furniture desginer Daniel Marot's transformation of Paleis Het Loo from 1684. The gardens of both town- and country houses were redesigned with the symmetrical sway of Louis XIV's parks and marble, stone or lead mythological characters and personifications were installed along their focal points and often arranged in a narrative sequence. These statues therefore provided delightful surprises and pleasant conversation points whilst strolling through the gardens. The ties within the present ensemble show how inspiring such gardens may have been: the goddess of the hunt Diana with Actaeon, the hunter who she turned into a stag, and Endymion, the hunter who she fell in love with as he slept.
P. M. Fischer, Ignatius en Jan van Logteren. Beeldhouwers en Stuckunstenaars in het Amsterdam van de 18de eeuw, Utrecht, 2005, pp. 13-14, 27, 45, 119, 303 and 512; H. Morales, Classical Mythology. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, 2007, p. 44.