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25 June 2019 | 10:30am

Fine Sculpture, Early Works of Art and Garden Ornament

Lot 31

A bronze model of a seated female nude

Estimate £400 - £600 + fees

A bronze model of a seated female nude, attributable to Barthélemy Prieur, (circa 1536 - 1611), portrayed wearing a headband and looking down to dexter, her right hand reaching down to the heel of her right foot, with drapery across her loins; on a square section marble base with marble soclle

The bronze 13.75cm high; the height overall 17.75cm



See W.Bode, The Italian Bronze Statuettes of the Renaissance, M.A.S. de Reinis, New York, 1980, Plate CCXV for a similar example held at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, (Object Number 17:17). Bode has the bronze as Italo-Netherlandish, but the Huntington now attributes it to Barthélemy Prieur

Another example, firmly attributed to Prieur is held at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, (Accession Number: 25.142.5); whilst a third can be seen in the Staatliche Museen at Berlin, (Ident.Nr. 1970). Interestingly all of these examples are undraped