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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    about 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This mask and its pair (A.1-1973) are characteristic examples of decorative sculpture produced under Louis XIV for versailles and other Royal Châteaux. Their provenance is not know but they probably functioned as parts of a large fountain.

Physical description

Mask, gilt bronze. One of a pair. The head is garlanded with reeds. Although A.2-1973 is not quite identical with A.1-1973, there is no apparent intention to differentiate them. Behind the lip is a simple incision which might indicate '1' in a series. The salient parts of the ornament, both left and right, are attached by a metal dowel and may have been cast separately. This mask, unlike A.1-1973, has been oil-gilt over the original gilding, of which traces are visible.

Place of Origin

France (made)


about 1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

A single incision.
Incision is behind the upper lip.


Height: 54 cm, Width: 63 cm, Depth: 26 cm

Object history note

Bought together with A.1-1973 from Howard Ricketts, 180 New Bond Street.

Descriptive line

Mask, bronze gilt, French, late 17th - early 18th cent.

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

c.f. Champeaux, Portefeuille des Arts Decoratifs, pl. 950, vol. X



Subjects depicted



Sculpture Collection

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