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after a model by:

PIGALLE, Jean-Baptiste


Paris 1714 - Paris 1785


Maker: Sèvres, Manufacture nationale de

Vénus

Venus

c. 1770

soft-paste porcelain

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 9 316 in.

Acc. No.: 48.977

Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

Photo credit: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • New York, E. F. Bonaventure [dealer] [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1909, Baltimore, Henry Walters, by purchase [for receipt see WAM Archives, Vertical File, Chronologic: 1909]
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, May 22, 2013

Comment

  • Museum's website, May 22, 2013:
    With the emergence of neoclassicism, Sèvres began to manufacture unglazed porcelain replicas of statuary. Known as biscuit (twice cooked), the ceramic was fired in preparation of the paste and again in the shaping of the pieces. These pieces were based on the works by J.-B Pigalle. The Mercury is modeled after the life-size statue Pigalle made for Frederic II's palace, Sans Souci.