CLASSICAL FRENCH BRONZE BUST OF DIANE DE POITIERS
Item # 1411FOP17
A sculpture that has been attributed first to Benvenuto Cellini, then Jean Goujon and finally Germain Pilon, the actual artist behind the sculpture of Diane de Poitiers remains uncertain. The Fountain of Diane is held in the collection of the Louvre, completed by Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet in 1800 and captures Henri II’s mistress as the goddess Diana, reclining against a stag with her bow in hand while her hunting dogs prowl the ground.
The burnished patina of the present example is rich and full of warmth, the details of the figure precise with crisp chasing and filing of the finer areas. The finishing is excellent, almost all tooling marks polished out of the primary surfaces and to a very attractive overall result. It captures Diane’s proud and dignified stance, a hint of a smile in her mouth as she looks down from the rouge marble base. The work makes a beautiful strike point piece for a classical interior.
Measurements: Figure: 14 3/4" H x base 4 3/16" x 4 3/16" (approximately 7 1/2" W at the shoulders); approximately 22 3/4" total height; marble base 7 10/16" H x 9 1/16" diameter
Base originality unknown, chipping and loss around edges, including one large area with a patch repair. Sculpture in excellent condition, only minor discolorations to surface. Traces of verdigris oxidization in crevices.