FRENCH SEVRES Bisque Sculptures of Lovers by HOUDON c. FRENCH SEVRES Bisque Sculptures of Lovers by HOUDON , circa 1780s. FREE PICK-UP IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA. Up for your consideration is. A PAIR OF FRENCH BISCUIT GROUPS,'LE BAISER DONNE' AND'LE BAISER RENDU', l.
Odeled after Jean-Antoine Houdon's marbles. Each truncated at the shoulders and depicting a couple embracing, on gilt bronze socle and further grey, amber, tan and brown marble plinth, further mounted a a black crystalline base. These bases are of the finest quality made, and original to the 18th C. These pieces were made during Houdon's lifetime, and were created in bronze and biscuit porcelain.
Of the few remaining examples that exist, there are about 12 bronze examples, and three bisque examples: one pair, and the other missing its companion. They were made with two types of marble bases, with these bases being the superior bases. The figures appear to be hand-made, rather than cast, and are unsigned. They measure 8.75 tall (including the bases). The porcelain sculptures are 3.25" tall and 3.75" wide.They are in excellent condition, clean, and free of staining. Under close inspection, there appears to be a small chip to the petals of one garland, very difficult to detect.
Also, there is some wear where one sculpture meets the base (on the back side). These are clearly shown in the photos. The marble portions are essentially complete, with some very minor chipping/flea-bites.
One of the marble pieces has a dark tan addition to one corner, and some of the body on two sides (see photos). A related pair, in bronze, are in the Wallace Collection. This quote is for the Continental U. Only, and the item will be sent via UPS.
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FRENCH SEVRES Bisque Sculptures of Lovers by HOUDON c. 1780 antique" is in sale since Friday, November 23, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures". The seller is "thesapphiregallery" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.