Workshop of Jean Antoine Belleteste, French (1718-1811) A set of four ivory allegorical figures depicting The Four Seasons
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Workshop of Jean Antoine Belleteste, French (1718-1811) A set of four ivory allegorical figures depicting The Four Seasons
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Workshop of Jean Antoine Belleteste, French (1718-1811)
A set of four ivory allegorical figures depicting The Four Seasons
Depicting Spring with a bouquet of flowers, Summer with a sheaf of wheat, Autumn as Bacchus with grapes and Winter as an old man beside a brazier, each raised on a waisted wood and ivory plinth, together with wooden case, 25cm high 9.5" high) The Figures 17cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private Collection Sydney
    Purchased from Chatford, Brighton, UK in October 1959 for £180

    Footnotes:
    Jean Antoine Belleteste came from a renowned family of ivory carvers. His studio was based at rue Vivienne, Paris, where his son, Antoine Belleteste also worked with him. He was succeeded by his other son, Louis Charles Vincent Belleteste in 1791 and many other family members are recorded as working at the workshop and later in Dieppe. Jean Antoine Belleteste is known to have produced a set of ivory statuettes of the four seasons for Marie Antoinette's cabinet at Versailles.

    The present set are derived from the full size marble figures of the four seasons commissioned by Colbert in 1674 as part of the twenty four allegorical figures intended to adorn the Water Parterre in the garden of Versailles.
    The allegorical figures also represent ancient gods and goddesses; Summer, symbolised by Ceres, Spring, symbolised by Flora, Autumn symbolised by Bacchus, and Winter, based on the figure by Girardon, is symbolised by the elderly figure of Saturn.

    The Musée de Dieppe has a similar set of the four seasons by Jean Antoine Belleteste, and a further set was sold at Christies, Paris, 24 June 2009, lot 440.

    Related Literature:
    O. Beigbeder Ivory Pleasures and Treasures, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1965, page 127. Tardy Les Ivoires, Paris, 1977, pages 189 and 256.
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