9323 A large Empire period Sevres biscuit porcelain group of Apollo and Daphne after the model by Louis-Simon Boizot of 1786, depicting Daphne at the point of capture and transformation into a laurel tree, watched by her father, the river god Peneus. Daphne; both hands replaced, Apollo; hand replaced, otherwise minor chips only.
Stamped SEVRES and with Brongniart visa for 10 May 1814. Craftsmans mark; Li, for Auguste-Marie Liance (active 1795-1820)
Height; 18 ins (46 cms)
Width; 14 ins (34 cms) £12,000
A group of Empire period Sevres biscuit sculpture in the Queens Collection, bought by George IV directly from Sevres indicates the taste for miniature “marble” sculpture current in England at the beginning of the 19th century. Interestingly, in the collection there are two groups, Rape of Orithyia after Marsy, and Rape of Proserpine after Girardon, both modelled by Boizot and sculpted and finished in 6 April 1814 by Liance, and subsequently purchased by George IV in 1816 from the Sevres manufactory via his agent in Paris, J-B Watier.