The year 1786 was the centenary of the death of Louis II de Bourbon, prince de Condé, the illustrious warrior of the Louis XIV period known to all as the Grand Condé. His descendant, the eighth prince de Condé, commissioned decorations to honor his forebear. The eighth prince allotted this subject – winged Victory awarding the palm to a wounded hero in agony – to his favorite sculptor, the talented Robert-Guillaume Dardel. Modeled for a statuary group that was evidently never realized, the terracotta's Baroque flourishes pay homage to the epoch of the Grand Condé.
Signature: Incised beneath the male's left foot: RGD / octobre / 1786
[ Galerie Patrice Bellanger , Paris, until 2007; sold to MMA ]