19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere
19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere
19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere
19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere
19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere
19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere
19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere

JEAN ALEXANDRE JOSEPH FALGUIERE (1831-1900)

19th Century French marble sculpture by Falguiere

1850 to 1899 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£22,000 gbp
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This fine sculpture is carved entirely in white marble. The sculpture is titled 'La Femme au Paon' by Alexandre Falguiere (French, 1831-1900), and the original marble, which is life-size, was exhibited in 1890 at the Paris salon and is now in the Musee des Augustins in Toulouse. The sculpture depicts the Greek goddess Hera (who is known as Juno in Roman mythology) nude standing with her arm on the wing of a peacock who stands with her on a rocky, naturalistically carved circular stepped base. The base is signed 'A. Falguière'.
Hera, or Juno, was associated with the peacock in mythology. According to Ovid's metamorphoses Juno, who was the jealous wife of Jupiter, becomes suspicious that he is meeting secretly with Io, a mortal. Io is turned into a cow by Jupiter to prevent Juno from discovering the secret. Juno asks for the cow as a pet, and entrusts the guard dog with 100 eyes, Argus, to guard the cow. Jupiter instructs the god Mercury to kill Argus, which angers Juno, who takes his 100 eyes and puts them onto the tail of the peacock, her favourite bird.
Dimensions
Height 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Width 52.00 cm (20.47 inches)
Depth 80.00 cm (31.50 inches)
Stock Code
15486
Medium
Marble
Signed/Inscribed
Signed on the base
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