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Antique Sculpture & Statues in Fine Arts

CUPID TERRA COTTA STATUE, ANTIQUE , AFTER ETIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791)
CUPID TERRA COTTA STATUE, ANTIQUE , AFTER ETIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (1716-1791)
Date: 19th century
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Description: Antique glazed terra cotta statue of Cupid after Etienne-Maurice Falconet's (1716-1791) marble 'Menacing Cupid' circa 1750. The original was produced by the artist for Madame de Pompadour and again for Catherine the Great. It became the most famous visual representation of Cupid in the 18th century. The original is in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. This glazed terra cotta statue is the same size as the original 32in H. 12in W. 18in D. Cupid or Eros was the ancient Roman and Greek god of erotic passion. He is shown warning the viewer to be discreet and yet his hand is ready to furtively draw an arrow from his quiver. Falconet's 18th century marble cupid statue was recently displayed in London in 2006 at the Somerset House in an exhibit entitled 'The Triumph of Eros: Art and Seduction in Eighteenth Century France.'
GEORGE WASHINGTON BUST AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE HOUDON (1741-1828)
GEORGE WASHINGTON BUST AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE HOUDON (1741-1828)
Date: 1957
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Description: Fine glazed composition plaster bust of George Washington after Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828)signed on base G.Washington Houdon and on shoulder Alva Studio 1957. Houdon visited the United States in 1785 at the suggestion of Thomas Jefferson and arrived at Mount Vernon where he completed a life mask and terra cotta bust of Washington from which he made plaster copies. The original terra cotta bust was left with George and still remains at Mount Vernon. Houdon exhibited a bust of George in the Paris Salon of 1787 and 1793. Jefferson purchased a copy of this bust for Monticello. Houdon's interpretation of George Washington is considered the finest portrayal of Washington in existence. Bust is 23 inches high and 10 inches deep. It is displayed on an antique carved black marble pedestal with movable top. The pedestal is 42 3/4 inches high. Total height of the bust and pedestal is 65 1/2 inches.
MARBLE BUST OF ANACREON LYRIC GREEK POET, 19TH C.
MARBLE BUST OF ANACREON LYRIC GREEK POET, 19TH C.
Date: 19th century
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Description: Carved white marble portrait bust of Anacreon (570 BC.-488 BC.) an early Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. 19th century. The music of our national anthem, the 'Star Spangled Banner' written by Francis Scott Key, was taken from one of Anacreon's songs 'To Anacreon in Heaven'. In the 19th century a gentlemen's social and drinking club was formed in Baltimore and popularized this 18th century English drinking song. Anacreon is depicted here with tousled curls entwined with leaves and berries and with a mustache and beard of individual curling locks, denoting his wisdom and age. 18 inches high, 15 inches wide, and 11 inches deep.

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