Bronze with dark patina entitled "The Birth of Love": Venus and Eros asleep in a shell: Pradier imagined that Venus born in a shell also gives birth to Eros in the shell. This one seems to float on waves.
The reference to sea foam, present on this model, does not exist when bronze has a moulded base.
Unsigned sculpture by Pradier (model that exists in 3 versions, the 3rd is unsigned, as announced in the catalogue raisonné).
Bibliography: Claude Lapaire, "James Pradier et la sculpture française de la génération romantique, Catalogue Raisonné"
Ref 121, page 289
19th century period.
- Sculpture, Venus titled "The Birth of Love"
- Designer/ Artist
- Attribué à James Pradier (1790-1852)
- Model/ Name
- La Naissance de l'amour
- Estimated Period
- 19th century
- Country of Origin
- Excellent condition - barely used with minimal signs of aging & wear
- 9×14×7 cm
- 1 kg