Barthélemy Prieur (French, Berzieux ca. 1536–1611 Paris)
French, possibly Sedan
H. (without base): 8 1/4 in., 4lb. (21 cm, 1.8144kg)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 532
These are the most widely replicated of Prieur’s statuettes. There is an implicit contrast between social types, that of the fashionable gentleman holding gloves (see 64.101.1565) and that of the simple but chic countrywoman lifting her skirt while offering an apple (in some cases a basket is slung over her same left arm). The dancing forms as well as the red translucent lacquer patination were generically inspired by Giambologna and his followers in Florence.
Nicolas Landau , 1954 ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1964; to MMA)
Artist: Barthélemy Prieur (French, Berzieux ca. 1536–1611 Paris)Date: early 17th centuryMedium: Bronze, with medium brown patina, and remains of dark brown lacquerAccession: 1982.60.125On view in:Gallery 542