Bow figure Liberty and Matrimony
Lot 106
A Bow group of Liberty and Matrimony by The Muses Modeller, circa 1752-53
Sold for £11,040 (US$ 18,556) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Bow group of Liberty and Matrimony by The Muses Modeller, circa 1752-53
The young man wearing a light pink coat, a dark pink waistcoat with blue breeches outlined with gilding, with yellow shoes and red ribbons, holding a bird cage, his right arm embracing a lady in a yellow bodice and flowing white dress painted with flowers and edged with gilding, her left arm outstretched to feed the caged bird, the couple sitting on green rockwork above a flat base, 18.8cm high (damage to man's right arm, hat and birdcage)

Footnotes

  • The source for this model is a print 'Les Amours du Bocage' engraved by Nicolas de Larmessin after Nicolas Lancret's celebrated work The Bird Cage painted in 1735, which is now in the collection of the Alte Pinakothek Museum, Munich. Another example of this Bow group with slightly different enamelling is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see Peter Bradshaw, Bow Figures (1992), p.78, pl.47. The V and A's group is also illustrated by William King (1925), cover and pl.1, Arthur Lane (1961), pl. 38 and William Honey (1977), p.105, pl. 43B.
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