Lot 495: Pradier (James, or Jean-Jacques, 1790-1852). Reclining Bacchante, 1816, pencil on japan paper, signed and dated to centre of lower margin, sheet size 100 x 175mm (4 x 6.9ins), with additional artist's signature in pencil mounted to backing paper, together with Sculptor and Winged Figure, 1818, pencil on wove paper, signed, dated Rome 1816, and inscribed 'a son ami Roll', sheet size 185 x 147mm (7.25 x 5.75ins), plus Desboeufs (Antoine, 1793-1862), 4 original pencil drawings of neo-classical figures, 1813-19, including Pan and Orpheus, (with pale brown wash), signed, dated Rome 1813, and inscribed 'a son ami Roll', the others also signed and two dated 1819, sheet size 168 x 135mm (6.65 x 5.3ins), and similar, and 6 other similar pencil drawings of neo-classical figures and subjects, including one by Etienne Jules Ramey (1796-1852), dated 1816, one by Louis Messidor Lebon Pettitot (1794-1862), dated Rome 1816, another signed Brun, dated 1819, the remainder unsigned, sheet size 162 x 185mm (6.3 x 7.25ins), and similar. A collection of drawings and studies in the neo-classical manner by French sculptors and antique engravers, awarded the Prix de Rome (the scholarship which allowed young French artists to live and study at the Academie de France in Rome for between 3 and 5 years). The Swiss-French sculptor Pradier studied in Rome between 1814 and 1818, and under Ingres in Paris. He was also a friend of the romantic poets De Musset, Hugo, Gautier, and Flaubert. (12)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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