ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF JEAN-ANTOINE BELLETESTE, (1731-1811): THE FOUR SEASONS
a set of four French ivory figures, Dieppe, circa 1800, carved after Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) as Saturn representing Winter, Flora for Spring, Ceres for Summer and Bacchus for Autumn, each on a waisted ivory veneered plinth with ebonised top and base
19cm high overall
These figures are based upon the set of four seasons which were part of Louis XIV's 'Grande Commande' for the park at Versailles. Following Charles Le Brun's preliminary designs (see additional image), the statues were executed in marble by four different sculptors.
The Belleteste family were amongst the most renowned Dieppoise ivory carvers; as well as the workshop in Dieppe, they had premises in Paris. Supposedly a set of Jean-Antoine's seasons were in the cabinets of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles and another set of seasons (as well as many other pieces) may be found at the Chateau-Musée de Dieppe. His son Louis-Charles-Vincent (1757-1819) was equally well known; his ivory model of an 88-gun ship given to Napoleon is held by the French National Maritime Museum (Inventory No.1BF8). The grandson Louis-Charles-Antoine (1787-1832) worked for the Duchesse de Berry.
For a closely matching set of Belleteste seasons, see Bonham's, Sydney, 27 May 2012, lot 303 and for other sets, see: Christie's, Paris, 24 June 2009, lot 400 and Bonham's, London, 2 November 2011, lot 29, all on similar waisted plinths.
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