Le Quadrige conduit par Hélios ?

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Le Quadrige conduit par Hélios ?
Moulding workshop at the Musée du Louvre (1794-1882) The Quadriga led by Helios ? Plaster, model on base H. 87 cm W. 167 cm D. 20 cm If plaster prints are by nature multiple, it would seem, in this case, that the originals are too. Found in pairs, we have a counterpart print here. The divinities depicted, while undoubtedly mythological and celestial, often changed identity: Eos and Phosphoros or Helios, or Phosphoros in front of Hemera's chariot and Hesperos in front of Nyx's chariot. Ours can be compared with a plaster cast in the Musée du Louvre (Paris), kept under the reference Gy 0453 and simply entitled "Quadriga and a man running in front". But others of the same type exist in the Lisbon Museum and were part of the Duke de Loulé's collection. These similar works were supposedly found in Ephesus, Pompeii or Herculaneum, and could therefore have come from the Prince d'Elboeuf's excavations or been donated by the King of Naples. Our plaster is therefore the bearer of debate, research and, even today, an aura of mystery. Louvre inventory no.: Gy 1375 and Gy 0453 Period of manufacture and use of models on base: 1900-1960 Outdoor display possible: no Condition: very damaged, with significant missing parts Type of mold in relation to model: complete
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