French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
© artiste : public domain | public domain

d'après un modèle de
MERCIÉ, Antonin
Toulouse, Haute-Garonne 1845 - Paris 1916

SCALLIET, Emile-Philippe
1846-1911

Amphitrite
Amphitrite

1878-1900
ivoire, or, argent, perles baroques, jaspe vert

statuette
H. 68,7

N° d'inv. : 71.450
Credit Line : Acquired by Henry Walters, 1900

Baltimore, Maryland, The Walters Art Museum

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Historique

  • Paris, Christofle & Cie. [date et mode d'acquisition inconnus]
  • 1900, Baltimore, Henry Walters, par achat
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, par legs

Bibliographie

  • Museum's website, May 22, 2013

Exposition

  • 1900 Paris
    Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900
  • 1983-1984 Baltimore
    Ivory: The Sumptuous Art, Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1983-1984

Commentaire



Museum's website, May 22, 2013:
The statuette of this goddess of the sea was designed by the sculptor Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié to be cast in silver as the centerpiece for a table of the Duke of Santonia in 1878. Subsequently, Christofle et Cie., a silver company, had several ivory statuettes carved by E. P. Scalliet (1846-1911) based on Mercié's model. This example was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris in 1900.
The figure is made from three pieces of carved ivory joined together. The two arms are separate sections, with the joins concealed by metal adornments at the mid-upper arms. A pearl is attached to the figure's chest, and two more can be found on the metal base. Four porpoises decorate each corner of the jasper base.