A brown patinated bronze sculpture representing Mercury or Hermes. The messenger of the gods, wearing his winged hat, is attaching the sandal of his left foot. Circular wooden base in griotte marble imitation. By his gesture, pose, face towards the outside and gaze scanning the distance, it reminds Mercury Attaching his Sandal by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714-1785), sculpture that allowed him to integrate Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1744. The success of its Mercury was immediate. In the eighteenth century he was compared to the finest antique statues, many artists had a copy, the painters represented it in their paintings. The painter Chardin, a friend of Pigalle, made of it a symbol of modern sculpture in The Attributes of the Arts (1766). A biscuit is made by Sèvres Manufactory in 1770. In the nineteenth century, two of the four versions, a small marble and a large plomb, are easily accessible to artists working or visiting the Louvre Museum.
Bibliography : Gaborit, Jean-René, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 1714-1785. Sculptures du musée du Louvre, Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 1985, pp. 38-42.
Here on antiques co uk we love antiques and specialise in selling antiques. Even though this item was for sale and is now sold or otherwise now unavailable we have many more items for sale including vintage antiques, silver, tables, watches, jewellery and much more for your interiors and home.
Search all the antiques currently for sale on www.antiques co uk. Or why not consider selling your antiques and making sales more easily with us!
ATENA has 252 antiques for sale.
click here to see them all