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(1715 – 1770)
On a later turned ebony base (cracked)
Mid 18th Century
Size: 28cm high (inc. base) – 11 ins high (inc base)
The ‘sleeping woman’ was originally intended as a pendant to the famous antique marble of the Hermaphrodite. Mignot first exhibited it in the form of a life size plaster at the Paris Salon in 1757. The realism of the work caused a sensation with crowds excitedly gathering around it, partly as Mignot was then almost completely unknown. Later in 1761 he exhibited the reduced marble version.