Probably by Jean-Pierre Defrance

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 548

Lining the rusticated, arched facade of the Henry Kravis wing of the Museum are four larger-than-lifesize Allegories of the Elements, made of limestone (64.93.1–.4). Originally standing in the gardens of the Château de Mussegros near Ecouis in Normandy, the figures can be attributed on stylistic grounds to the sculptor Jean-Pierre Defrance (1694–1768) and are dated around 1750.

Water, Probably by Jean-Pierre Defrance (1694–1768), Limestone, French, Rouen

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