After Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744): A 19th century patinated bronze figural group of Anchises, Aeneas and Ascanius (2)

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After Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744): A 19th century patinated bronze figural group of Anchises, Aeneas and Ascanius

Sold for £ 6,937 (US$ 9,288) inc. premium
After Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744): A 19th century patinated bronze figural group of Anchises, Aeneas and Ascanius
on a naturalistic square base signed Lepautre, raised on a later stepped wooden square plinth, the figure, 41cm high, 46cm high overall including plinth (2)

Footnotes

  • Pierre Lepautre was a French sculptor and a member of a prolific family of artists who were active in the 17th and 18th centuries. He also become a member of the modest artists' Académie de Saint-Luc, for which he held a lifetime post as Rector rather than applying for the more prestigious Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture.

    Lepautre won the Prix de Rome for study at the French Academy in Rome, where he was a pensionnaire' from 1683 to 1701. While in Rome he sent back to France a number of sculptures demonstrating his skill, among which were the 'Faune au chevreau' of 1685 which went to ornament the gardens at Château de Marly. Lepautre returned to Paris in 1701 and his figure of 'Atalante' from 1704 also decorated the gardens at Marly. From 1705 to 1710 he was occupied with decorative bas-reliefs and sculptures of Saint Ambrose and Saint Agnes for the royal chapel of Versailles under the artistic supervision of Jules Hardouin-Mansart.

    The sculptors celebrated sculpture of Aeneas carrying Anchises was begun in Rome where Lepautre made numerous terracotta bozzetti for it. Subsequently a number of bronze reductions of the work were made for a number of famous collectors in the 18th century before it was much more widely copied in the 19th century for collectors and sculptors alike including the famed Neo-Classical sculptor David d'Angers who's widow subsequently bequeathed his copy of the famous work to the French nation.
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After Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744): A 19th century patinated bronze figural group of Anchises, Aeneas and Ascanius (2)
After Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744): A 19th century patinated bronze figural group of Anchises, Aeneas and Ascanius (2)
After Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744): A 19th century patinated bronze figural group of Anchises, Aeneas and Ascanius (2)
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