Biscuit group after a model attributed to Louis-Simon Boizot, conserved at the Musee de Sevres. It portrays Prosperina, wearing a flowing tunic, at the moment of her abduction by Pluto, the king of the underworld. Prosperina's torso is arched back, expressing her despair. Pluto is represented nude, with curly hair and beard as well as a crown, one of his symbols. The group is set on a circular base with flowers scattered on it. Signed on the base: E. Girardon. Samson mark (Samson acquired Sevres' molds during the 19th century.) Very good condition, missing the harpoon in Pluto's hand.
This piece was displayed for the first time at the 1786 Paris Salon by Louis-Simon Boizot. It's a variation after a sculpture by Girardon, whose 1678 creation was set in the Bosquet des Sources in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. Boizot took inspiration from Versailles throughout his career, in his bronzes as well as his biscuits and his more monumental works. This piece has a counterpart titled L’Enlèvement d’Orythie (The Rape of Orithyia), created after a piece by Marsy. The biscuit attributed to Boizot was created in a workshop in Sevres whose primary occupation was to manufacture the Biscuit de Sevres, a title designating Sevres sculptures that were purposefully left in biscuit (unglazed and undecorated) (1751-1752).
Dim: L: 7.9 in, W: 7.9 in, H: 17.7 in
Dim: L: 20 cm, W: 20 cm, H: 45 cm