A TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF CERES
A TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF CERES

A TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF CERES

c. 1740 France

Offered by Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd

£45,000 gbp
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A fine terracotta sculpture of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, holding ears of wheat with a sheaf by her side. Adorned in billowing drapery, she stands on square base, later painted.

Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain and fertility has been a particularly fashionable subject in sculpture since Antiquity. The mythological equivalent to Ancient Greeceā€™s Demeter, Ceres formed one of the twelve Dii Consentes, or primary deities in the Pantheon of Ancient Rome. During the medieval period in Rome, a religious sect formed, based more on her domesticity and from the Renaissance onwards she has been considered a link between Christian female icons and the mythology of the Ancients.

The elegance of her stance relates stylistically to both the 17th and 18th centuries, the classical contraposta pose looks back to the great masters of the court of Louis XIV; while the beautifully soft hand movement through the wheat, coupled with the whimsical detail of her clothing and hair look forward to the exuberance of the Rococo.
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An important private UK collection
Dimensions
Height 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
Stock Code
O3F0018
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