Two faience figures of dancers on stands, possibly Holitsch or Marseilles
Lot 26
Two very rare faience figures of dancers Probably French, mid 18th century
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Two very rare faience figures of dancers
Probably French, mid 18th century
Each figure in a dance pose with outstretched arms, a flower in her hair and the bodice and dress decorated with flowers, with a manganese underskirt, mounted on a stepped rectangular marbled base, 32cm high (some restoration) (2)

Footnotes

  • These figures probably depict one of the most famous dancers of the 18th century, Marie-Cuppi de Camargo (1710–1770), known as 'La Camargo', who was depicted by, amongst others, Nicolas Lancret (National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.89). She was famous for her footwork and jumps, and is said to have been one of the first dancers to shorten the long 18th-century skirts, so that the audience could see her feet and appreciate her technique.
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  1. Nette Megens
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