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Statue
  • Statue
    Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791
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Statue

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    mid 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1131-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This white marble statue depicts a Nymph at the bath.The Figure stands with her left hand on the stump of a tree, while with her right hand she holds up her drapery. In her hair is a rose; a slight variation which serves to distinguish this statuette from the original, by Etienne Falconet, now in the Louvre which was exhibited at the Salon on 1757.

Physical description

Statue. White marble. A Nymph at the Bath. 'La Baigneuse a la rose'. Figure stands with her left hand on the stump of a tree, while with her right hand she holds up her drapery. In her hair is a rose; a slight variation which serves to distinguish this statuette from the original, now in the Louvre, which was exhibited at the Salon on 1757.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

mid 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791

Materials and Techniques

Marble

Dimensions

Height: 81 cm, Diameter: 27 cm, Weight: 44.5 kg

Object history note

Jones Bequest. On its exhibition in 1757 the 'Baigneuse' attained instant popularity and numerous examples in marble and Biscuit de Sèvres exist.

Historical context note

Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-91) served his apprenticeship under Lemoyne. He never went to Rome, but was influenced by the work of Bernini. He became a member of the Académie in 1754 and for some years worked under the direct patronage of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour. He was selected by Catherine the Great's Advisor to execute a memorial statue to Peter the Great so went to Russia in 1766 where he produced numerous statues and groups until he left in 1778. He went to Holland and stayed there until 1780. He had then planned to go to Italy but was taken ill in France where he stayed until his death. Falconet was a highly influential French sculptor of the eighteenth century.

Descriptive line

White marble statue of a Nymph at the bath. French, after Etienne Falconet

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1883. pp. 108
Catalogue of the Jones Bequest. 1924. II, No. 370
Levitine, G. The Sculpture of Falconet. Greenwich. 1972. pl.23
c.f. Radcliffe, A, Baker, M, Maek-Gérard. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection: Renaissance and Later Sculpture., cat.60, London, 1992. (re a version in bronze)
Dilke. French Architects and Sculptors of the XVIIIth Century. pp. 106
Réau, M. Etienne-Maurice Falconet. 1922. Vol. I. pp. 195
Bückling, Maraike eds. Gefährliche Liebschaften: Die Kunst des Französischen Rokoko. Hirmer: Munich, 2015. ISBN 9783941399549.
p. 61

Materials

Marble

Subjects depicted

Nymphs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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