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A Nereid Sitting on a Conch Shell
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A Nereid Sitting on a Conch Shell


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A female nude is seated on a drapery-covered conch shell borne on a wave. Her head is wreathed with rushes. In reviewing the 1877 Salon, Charles Timball made the following observations regarding the marble version of this statue: One can be reproachful without being severe with the beautiful Triton, regarding some irregularities in her features. The face, one can more readily encounter on our highways and byways than in the bottoms of grottoes of the Aegean. But how can we not pardon the whimsical countenance of a goddess who shows us a back so well modelled, arms of such beautiful form terminated by hands which are vital to the tips of her fingernails. When acquired, the statuette had a silver rim about its lapis-lazuli socle. The root cavity of the tusk penetrates the bottom of the ivory. It is signed on the wave: A. MOREAU-VAUTHIER.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/11/1962Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Owned by the widow of Augustin Jean Moreau-Vauthier; acquired by William T. Walters, Baltimore, around 1893; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On the wave: A. MOREAU-VAUTHIER
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters, 1893-1895

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Period
ca. 1877
Medium
ivory with lapis-lazuli socle
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.425
Measurements
H: 9 1/16 in. (23 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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