Lot 268

A PAIR OF FRENCH MARBLE GROUPS OF LA FILLETTE AU NID VIDE AND GARCON A L'OISEAU AFTER CHARLES ANTOINE BRIDAN, FRENCH 1730-1805, EARLY 19TH CENTURY together with a companion group of la fillette au nid vide, each depicted standing, the girl holding a bird's nest, the boy playing with a dove, with a pair of yellow and violet marble pedestals and an associated painted wood pedestal (6) The figures: 78cm high (max), marble pedestals: 111.5cm high PROVENANCE Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918) Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) Edmund de Rothschild (1916 - 2009) The Trustees of Exbury House CATALOGUE NOTE The 'garcon a l'oiseau' is based on a terracotta prototype by Charles-Antoine Bridan from 1784 on display at the Museum of Fine Arts of Chartres, which in turn is a copy of an ancient Roman sculpture at Villa Borghese, Italy. It forms a pair with 'la fillette au nid vide'.