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Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups

“Fame” and “Mercury”

After Antoine Coysevox
France, circa 1710
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Details

Fame: H. 60.5 cm (23 ¾ in.); L. 54 cm (21 ¼ in.); D. 32 cm (12 ½ in.)
The base: 19 × 37.5 cm (7 ½ × 14 ¾ in.)


Mercury: H. 68 cm (27 ¾ in.); L. 54 cm (21 ¼ in.); D. 23 cm (9 in.)
The base: 20 × 31 cm (8 × 12 ¼ in.)

Provenance

Ernest T. Weir (1875‑1957), founder of the National Steel Corporation, USA

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Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel
Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel
Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel
Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel

Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups

“Fame” and “Mercury”

After Antoine Coysevox
France, circa 1710
Enquire
Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel
Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel

This exceptional bronze group has been cast after the celebrated marble sculptures commissioned by Louis XIV to the artist Antoine Coysevox (1640–1720). They are one of the rare bronze pair to be contemporaneous with the artist.

The original marble groups, of 3,20 meters high, and sculptued in 1701–1702, were originally displayed at the Abreuvoir at Marly, then at the gates of the Tuileries garden in 1719, and are now housed in the Louvre. Due to their popularity, various bronze reductions were cast from the last years of Louis XIV’s reign onwards, with variations in the iconography of the military trophies on the base.

Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel
Two Louis XIV patinated bronze groups - Galerie Kugel