French Sculpture Census

photo credit : 2012 Detroit Institute of Arts
artist © : public domain

in the manner of
FALCONET, Etienne-Maurice
Paris 1716 - Paris 1791

Vénus instruisant l'Amour
Venus Instructing Cupid

c. 1775-1800
marble

group
H. 17 3/4 x diam. 7 1/2
inscribed beneath the base: 29393/2 (an inventory number, perhaps of Duveen Brothers)

Acc. No. : 71.179
Credit Line : Bequest of Mrs. Horace E. Dodge in memory of her husband

Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts

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Provenance

  • Sir Samuel Edward Scott (1873-1943), Bart., M. P., Westbury, Northamptonshire, or Lytchet Minster, Dorset, England
  • New York, Duveen Brothers (dealer)
  • 1932, acquired from Duveen by Anna Thomson Dodge, Grosse Pointe, MI
  • 1971, Bequest of Mrs. Horace E. Dodge in memory of her husband

Bibliography

  • 1922 Réau
    Réau, Louis, Étienne-Maurice Falconet, 2 vols., Paris 1922, vol. I, pp. 235-38, pl. XV, vol. II, p. 506
  • 1928 Gary sale
    Works of Art of the Late Judge Elberth H. Gary, New York, American Art Association, sale cat., April 19-21, 1928, lot 252
  • 1931 Mann
    Mann, J. G., Wallace Collection Catalogues: Sculpture, London 1931, pp. 11-12, no. S28, pl. 9
  • 1933 Dodge Catalogue
    A Catalogue of Works of Art in the Collection of Anna Thomson Dodge, Detroit 1933, not paginated
  • 1939 Dodge Catalogue
    A Catalogue of Works of Art in the Collection of Anna Thomson Dodge, 2 vols., Detroit 1939, vol. I, not paginated
  • 1948 Widener Catalogue
    Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection, Washington D. C., National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C. 1948, p. 133, no. A-110
  • 1950 Adams
    Adams, Philip R., "The Anson Room", The Cincinnati Art Museum Bulletin, I (October 1950), pp. 3-10, esp. p. 7
  • 1966 Rothschild sale
    Sale cat. of Baron James de Rothschild, Paris, Palais Galliéra, Dec. 1, 1966, lot 95
  • 1971 Winokur
    Winokur, Ronald L., "The Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Collection," Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 50, no. 3, 1971, pp. 43-51.
  • 1972 Levitine
    Levitine, George, The Sculpture of Falconet, New York 1972, pp. 44-45
  • 1996 Hawley
    Dell, T. et al, The Dodge Collection of French and English Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, New York & Detroit, 1996, no. 28, pp. 117-20, color ill. p. 118 (entry by H. Hawley)