Beautiful ivory statuette, sculpted in high relief, representing Mercury abducting Psyche, on a wooden support.
It is inspired, with some variations, on the bronze sculpture made by Adrien de Vries in 1593 and conserved currently at the Louvre Museum. Made in Prague for the Emperor Rudolph II, it was taken as part of the spoils by the swedish army and later brought to France by Queen Christine after her abdication.
The bottom bears the inscription "MERCURE ET ESYCHE", where the "P" of Psyche was mistakenly written with an "E".
Height: 13,4 cm
Height including base: 17,4 cm
In very good condition. One of the wings on Mercure's hat missing.
8 500 €
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