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Allegory of Science

François Rémond (French, Paris 1747–1812 Paris)
After a design by François-Aimé Damerat
ca. 1785–90
Gilt bronze
Overall (confirmed): 4 1/8 × 16 1/8 in. (10.5 × 41 cm)
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
Not on view
Depicting children symbolizing astronomy, this plaque was probably intended as frieze ornament for a piece of furniture. Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806) and other cabinetmakers working in the Neoclassical style used this kind of delightful allegorical scene to embellish secretaries, commodes, and tables. The lugs on the back are for invisible attachment from the rear.
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
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