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Water

Artist:
Probably by Jean-Pierre Defrance (1694–1768)
Date:
ca. 1750–60
Culture:
French, Rouen
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Height: 7 ft. 5 in. (226.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, 1964
Accession Number:
64.93.1
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.
possibly Joseph-Alexandre Paviot, Seigneur de Mussegros , or his son-in-law ; Nicolas de Frémont d'Auneuil , Mussegros (Commune d'Ecouis, Eure) ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , New York, until 1964; sold to MMA ]
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