French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
artist © : public domain

MOITTE, Jean-Guillaume
Paris 1746 - Paris 1810

Festin de Cybèle
Feast of Cybele

ca. 1804
terracotta, gilt wood frame

approx. H: 8 7/8 x approx. L: 46 7/16

Acc. No. : 27.368
Credit Line : Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

Baltimore, Maryland, The Walters Art Museum


  • Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co. [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [as by Clodion]
  • 1922, Baltimore, Henry Walters [mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest


  • 1992 Poulet and Scherf
    A.L. Poulet and Guilhem Scherf, Clodion 1738-1814, exhibition catalogue, 1992, p. 49, fig. 26 (sous le titre Fêtes à Palès)


Website, May 20, 2013: after Moitte.

Museum's information, April 2013:
This piece is a contemporary cast of the original sketch for the relief by Moitte for the Hôtel de Salm, Paris. This building was constructed between 1782 and 1787 as a royal palace, and "nationalized" after the French Revolution. In 1804 it became the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur. At this date new exterior sculptures were added and the interior remodeled.
Cybele was the ancient "great mother" goddess, whose festivals coincided with the beginning of spring.