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Ceres in search of Proserpine: M.1-1970

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Current Location: In storage


Ceres in search of Proserpine


Sculptor: Anguier, Michel




Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and chased, with dark lacquer. Ceres strides forward on her left leg with her right stretched out behind her. Her left hand holds her drape behind her, and in her right, she holds out a torch. A small dragon squirms between her feet, and on the square base there are integrally cast asphodel flowers.


History note: Prince Wiasemski Collection; Frédéric Spitzer Collection; His Sale, Paris, Paul Chevallier, 17 April 1893, 'Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité antiques, du Moyen-age et de la Renaissance', p. 247, lot 1464; J.E. Taylor Collection; His Sale, Christie's, Londonk, 1 July, 1912, lot 41; ? Donaldson Collection; Sir Ernest Cassel Collection; sold with his collection, known as the Brook House Collection, by his daughter Lady Louis Mountbatten, Puttick & Simpson, 25-27 May 1932, lot 739; ? Duke of Westminster; Gerald Kerin Ltd, from whom bought with the Cunliffe and Leverton Harris Funds, 1970.

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Bought with the Cunliffe and Leverton Harris Funds.

Measurements and weight

Height: 54.2 cm
Width: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1970-03-05) by Gerald Kerin Ltd


17th Century, second half#
Circa 1652 - Circa 1700


From a set of Olympian gods and goddesses made orignally for the jeweller Tessier de Montarsis in 1652. A version of this bronze appears in the collection of the sculptor Girardon, which was engraved in about 1710. Other bronzes from the same set are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Ceres, Neptune), and the Metropolitan Museum (Neptune). Anthony Radcliffe of the Victoria and Albert Museum considered that this might be Ceres which belonged to Girardon.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast, chased, and dark lacquer

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1970
Primary reference Number: 13673
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1970
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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