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Statuette - Term with Putti
  • Term with Putti
    Lanteri, Edouard, born 1848 - died 1917
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Term with Putti

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lanteri, Edouard, born 1848 - died 1917 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Neville Goodman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 1

This is a bronze, a term with putti, made by Eduard Lanteri in ca. 1900 in England was cast from a terracotta 'sketch for a garden decoration', which does not seem to have been carried out; its liveliness of handling and composition reveal the sculptor's French origins.

Lanteri (1848-1917), a sculptor and medallist, was a native of Burgundy, and initially trained under Aimé Millet (1819-1891) and M. Lecoque de Boisbaudran, and later at the École des Beaux-Arts under Eugène Guillaume (1822-1905) and Pierre-Jules Cavalier.
Lanteri settled in England from 1872, and was naturalised in 1901. At the age of 23 he became chief assistant to Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm a position he held until Boehm's death in 1890. In 1874 Lanteri was appointed Master of Modelling at the National Art Training School (now Royal College of Art), and in 1900 became the first Professor of Modelling. During 1905/6 he supervised students working on the figures of Fame, Sculpture and Architecture for the Exhibition Road façade of the Museum. Lanteri wrote a three volume guide to modelling published in 1902, 1904 and 1911.

Physical description

The term, a bearded old man's head on a column adorned with garlands, is surrounded by four dancing putti. The bronze has a dowel beneath which is attached to a black marble base. The forms are relatively rough and unfinished. Signed.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1900 (made)


Lanteri, Edouard, born 1848 - died 1917 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Ed. Lanteri'
on the side of the base


Height: 36.2 cm, Height: 39.5 cm including base, Weight: 6.9 kg whole sculpture

Object history note

Given by Dr Neville Goodman, C.B with fifteen other bronzes, numbers A.17 to A.32-1971. Purchased by him for £20 from the London dealer Alfred Spero on 23rd October 1943.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze with marble base, Term with Putti, by Eduoard Lanteri, England, about 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cooper, J., Nineteenth Century Romantic Bronzes, Newton Abbot, 1975, p. 76, fig. 72
Spielmann, M.H., British Sculpture and Sculptors of Today, London, 1901, pp. 125, 7, illus. p. 125
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 316, cat. no. 482

Labels and date

This is a bronze cast from a terracotta sketch for a garden ornament. Its lively handling and composition reveal the sculptor's French origins. Like Dalou and Legros, Lanteri was born and trained in France, but worked in England. In 1874 he was appointed Master of Modelling at the National Art Training School (later the Royal College of Art). [March 2007]



Subjects depicted

Putti; Column; Garlands; Man




Sculpture Collection

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