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River God: M.6-1992

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Current Location: In storage


River God


Sculptor: Caffieri, Jean Jacques




Terracotta, modelled in the round. The bearded River God reclines on a rectangular base decorated with weeds. His left arm rests on an urn decorated with shells, with water flowing from its mouth. His right hand is raised and holds the end of his paddle (the central part of its stem is missing). His left leg is bent and crossed over his right and a drape passes over it and under his right leg. The terracotta is accompanied by a rectangular wooden base with a beaded lower moulding, painted green with the remnants of a gilt band at the top, probably 19th century.


History note: Daniel Katz Ltd., London

Legal notes

Bought with the Cunliffe, Bartlett and Friends' Jaffé subscription Funds, with grants from the National Art Collections Fund, and the Museums and Galleries Commission's Regional Fund administered by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1992-10-12) by Daniel Katz Ltd.


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1755 : base probably 19th century

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Base Decoration composed of gilt
Base composed of wood (plant material) Height 4.7 cm Length 42.5 cm Width 18.4 cm
Figure composed of terracotta
Terracotta Height 23.0 cm Length 37.5 cm Width 17.7 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'MADE IN FRANCE' stamped in red, 'I sujet terre blanche/''Fleuve''.' in black ink and '1689' in pencil above
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Stamped in red, inscribed in black ink and pencilled
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: signed and dated

  • Text: J.J. Caffieri/1755
  • Location: On the back at right
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1992
Primary reference Number: 29945
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_6_1992
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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