19th century inkwell crafted of gilt bronze and red Griotte marble. It is composed of two ink holders embedded in the side parts of the piece, with two removable glass ink holders inside, and a compartment for the writing set. In the center of the piece, the allegorical figure depicts "The River" after Jean-Jacques Caffieri. The River is represented as a naked old man wearing a crown of reeds on his head, sitting on an urn from which water flows. He is holding an oar with his left hand, and the rim of the urn with his right hand. The bronze is marked "F. BARBEDIENNE, FONDEUR". The base is finely chiseled with shells and foliage, and rests on six toupie feet.
Dim: W: 14,2 in - D: 8,3in - H: 9,4in.
Dim: L:36cm, P:21cm, H:24cm.
In overall good condition, the marble with small chips that were restored and natural cracks.
"The River" is Caffieri's reception piece in 1759. Jean-Jacques Caffieri (Paris, 1725 - Paris, 1792) is a French sculptor, pupil of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. For his model, Caffieri drew his inspiration from the representation of the "Ganges" by Giambologna (1529-1608), a Flemish sculptor who settled in Florence and strongly influenced European art. The Ganges is one of the three rivers of the Oceanus fountain on the Isolotto, in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, that Caffieri saw during his Roman studies from 1748 to 1754. He paid less attention to the musculature, but he kept the position of the left leg over the urn. The quality of his work resides above all in the delicate craftsmanship and supple modeling which bring it to life. This very successful work was often reproduced in terracotta, bronze or marble.
The original marble model of 1759 is housed in the Louvre Museum.
Louvre Museum Online Database.