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Statuette - Peasant Woman

Peasant Woman

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 - ca. 1605 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Prieur, Barthélémy (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.11-1964

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 117, case 1

This figure is one of a pair (together with A.10-1964) and dates from around 1600-1605, but casts continued to be made over a long period. This pair is known in several versions, including those in the Liebighaus in Frankfurt and the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Brunswick.
It is made by Barthélémy Prieur (ca. 1536-1611) in France, ca. 1600-1605.
Prieur was one of the most prolific French manufacturers of bronze statuettes in the decades around 1600. From 1564 to 1567 he worked in Turin as court sculptor to Duke Emanuel-Philibert of Savoy. In 1591, Henry IV appointed him as his Court Sculptor and as such he worked on the interior decoration of the Palais du Louvre, Paris.

Physical description

The young woman is shown with her left leg advanced and her head turned towards her left shoulder. She carries a wicker basket on her left arm, and holds an egg or fruit in the left hand. She raises her skirt slightly at the back with ehr right hand in order to step forward. She wears a scarf on her head which falls over her back and is bound over the forehead, a blouse with bodice laced at the waist, over which is tied a ribbon, and a full-hipped skirt which covers the tops of her high boots.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1600 - ca. 1605 (made)

Artist/maker

Prieur, Barthélémy (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 19.9 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by Dorothy Manners. (Given by Miss A. Toomer, Wayside, Bickwell Valley, Sidmouth, Devon in accordance with the wishes of the late Miss Dorothy Manners. At the donor's (Miss Toomer) request this object and A.8, 9 and 10-1964 are to be labelled as bequeathed by Miss Dorothy Manners).

Historical context note

This figure is one of a pair (together with A.10-1964) and dates from around 1600-1605, but casts continued to be made over a long period. This pair is known in several versions, including those in the Liebighaus in Frankfurt and the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Brunswick.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, A Peasant Woman, by Barthélémy Prieur, French, ca. 1600-1605

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

Bueckling, Maraike, Die Negervenus, Liebighaus Monographie, 14, 1991, p. 20-21
Berger, U. and Krahn, V., Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, 1994, cat. 236, pp. 296-8

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Woman; Basket

Categories

Bronze; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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