|JEAN JACQUES CAFFIERI|
This art piece “A River” of baroque inspiration is certainly the model that Jean Jacques Caffieri presented for his Master’s exam.
This piece is remarkable by the finesse of its details..
Caffieri made proof of great virtuosity.
Master of Academy in 1757, Caffieri had already presented an art piece similar to the “River” figure in plaster that he exposed at the exhibition of 1757.
He was received at the Saturday meeting 28th of April 1759. Caffieri presented the assembly with his piece “river figure” in marble as the terracotta model that he had already submitted to the Company which had approved it.
This terracotta piece which has disappeared since two centuries, presents an important evidence. This unique art piece has never been exposed and never appeared in public sale.
The marble piece is visible in the Graduation art gallery at the Louvre Museum.
A Jean-Jacques Caffieri terracotta
Research for the piece of reception
Rf: 2269, Paris. Louvre Museum.
A river statuette in marble, piece of graduation
H: 61cm. W: 39 cm. D: 49 cm.
On the front plinth: by Mr Caffieri.1759.
1773, Paris. Louvre Museum.
Louvre, Lectures and symposiums, February - March 1997.
Proof of the excellence
Graduation pieces in the artistic life of the XVII and XVIII centuries.
Jules Guiffrey, Caffieri’s, sculptors and the ironmaster-engraves.
(first Caffieri exibition)
Stanislas Lami, Sculptors dictionary of the French school of the eighteenth century,
1st volume, Paris 1910.