Quite delightful oil on canvas portrait of a young girl, perhaps no older than seven or eight years of age, painted by the French artist Édouard Alexandre Sain (1830-1910). Dressed in her Sunday best clothes…
Heart-shaped silver locket by Meyle & Mayer made in Pforzheim, Germany circa 1900. Beautifully enamelled on the face with two snowdrops set against a background that is guilloche enamelled in shades of blue graduating through…
This iconic sculpture by Jean de Roncourt, which is arguably his most admired work, is more usually seen in spelter. However, a much smaller number were cast in bronze and this particular piece is a…
Square columnar glass vase from Legras MontJoye made at their Pantin glassworks around 1910. Primarily of clear glass, smooth on the inside and acid etched on the outer, giving a dappled and frosted appearance. Decorated…
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Pan and the Three Graces
Fine old watercolour depicting Pan in a forest setting, seated on the ground at the foot of a large tree while three nubile young women are quietly approaching him out of his sight.
He appears to be immersed in playing his pipes and is completely unaware that he is being watched.
Pan, the god of nature and the wild and friend of the nymphs, is often associated with sexuality and in particular, fertility. Hence the interest of the so-called Three Graces.
This is a very appealing composition with a beautifully balanced look. The dappled light falling on the bodies of the subjects together with their various postures is captured quite beautifully by the artist.
French, dating from circa 1910 but with a signature that is a little indistinct. It appears to read Cleau, about whom we can find no information.
In its original Oak frame measuring 51 X 47 cm and with the glazed back showing an unfinished pencil sketch, presumably by the same artist.