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Statuettes of Venus and Mercury
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Statuettes of Venus and Mercury


Description Provenance Credit
Description Around 1751, Vincennes-Sèvres began to manufacture unglazed porcelain (or "biscuit") figurines. These biscuit figurines were based on Jean-Baptiste Pigalle's marble statues of Venus and Mercury. The marble statues were presented by Pigalle to Frederick II, King of Prussia, in 1750.
Provenance 48.977: E. F. Bonaventure [dealer], New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase [for receipt see WAM Archives, Vertical File, Chronologic: 1909]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest. 48.978: E. F. Bonaventure, New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909 (48.977), 1911 (48.978)

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Period
ca. 1770
Medium
soft-paste porcelain
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
VO.30 (48.977, 48.978)
Measurements
48.977: 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm); 48.978: 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
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