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Ceres seated

Statuette
ca. 1870 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a statuette made in France, in about 1870, probably by Denière. It represents Ceres seated and is made of ivory and bronze, set on a red mottled marble stand. The form of the face and the pose of the figure recall ancient Roman sculpture; the style of the piece as a whole is redolent of the classicising tradition prevailing in France in the 1870s. Although contemporary records state that the piece was shown in the Annual International Exhibition held in London in 1871, it is not listed in the exhibition catalogue. However it is likely to have been shown there, and was probably purchased by the Museum direct from the exhibitor, Denière, who must also have been the manufacturer of this object.
In Greek mythology Ceres was the goddess of agriculture, especially associated with corn. She was often worshipped as the earth-mother, the prime source for fertility.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Ivory and bronze on red mottled marble stand
Brief Description
Statuette, ivory and bronze on marble socle, Ceres seated, probably by Denière, French, ca. 1870
Physical Description
Ceres wearing toga-like drapery, is shown seated on a block, resting her sandalled feet on a smaller block, the whole figure resting on a separate red mottled marble stand. She holds a sheaf of corn in her left hand, and wears a garland of fruit in her hair. The head, neck, bare right shoulder, arms and toes are of ivory, while the drapery and block on which the figure is seated, as well as the smaller block on which she rests her feet, are of bronze.
Dimensions
  • Including stand height: 54cm
  • From toe to back width: 26.67cm
  • Figure alone height: 45.5cm
Object history
Purchased for £40 from Monsieur Denière, 15 rue Vivienne, Paris in 1871. Transferred from the Bethnal Green Museum (now Museum of Childhood) to the V&A in 1982.
Subject depicted
Summary
This is a statuette made in France, in about 1870, probably by Denière. It represents Ceres seated and is made of ivory and bronze, set on a red mottled marble stand. The form of the face and the pose of the figure recall ancient Roman sculpture; the style of the piece as a whole is redolent of the classicising tradition prevailing in France in the 1870s. Although contemporary records state that the piece was shown in the Annual International Exhibition held in London in 1871, it is not listed in the exhibition catalogue. However it is likely to have been shown there, and was probably purchased by the Museum direct from the exhibitor, Denière, who must also have been the manufacturer of this object.

In Greek mythology Ceres was the goddess of agriculture, especially associated with corn. She was often worshipped as the earth-mother, the prime source for fertility.

Bibliographic Reference
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 269, p. 278
Collection
Accession Number
1290-1871

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record createdSeptember 9, 2008
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