The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
A Nideviller biscuit porcelain model of a classical shepherd, circa 1780
Sold for £700
A Nideviller biscuit porcelain model of a classical shepherd, circa 1780, modelled by Charles-Gabriel Lemire (1741-1827) standing holding a flute, a sheep-dog asleep at his feet, the round base inscribed MIER PERE , 64cm high
Cf. The Niderviller biscuit porcelain example in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, museum no. 351-1874 acquired from the Baker Collection. Modelled after an Antique Roman figure of The Faun with Pipes, the Roman piece was recorded as being at the Villa Borghese by 1638 and Louis XIV is known to have had had it copied. It was also a popular subject in the 18th century and was reproduced in a variety of media. In 1807, it was purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte and removed to Paris and has been in the Louvre since 1815.
Top of shepherd's crook missing and restored to top where the break happened. Also ribbon holding cup. Restored about the neck.
Base: 26cm diameter- this is the widest aspect of the figure north/south and east/west
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 20 November
9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 21 November
9.00am - 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am