French school (probably Dieppe) c.1900, according Mathurin Moreau (1822-1914)
Allegories of the Morning and of Evening
Pair of carved ivory statuettes
Break and restoration on the knees of the Evening
H. 25,8 cm including a circular ivory base to 8,9 cm
Estimate : 600/800€
Hammer Price : 3.500 €
For a long time attributed to James Pradier (1790-1852) because of some stylistic similarities with the Day and the Night, the models of these two charming statuettes representing the Morning and the Evening must in fact their paternity to Mathurin Moreau. This prolixe sculptor, trained at the Beaux-Arts in the classes of Etienne-Jules Ramey (1796-1852) and Augustin Dumont (1801-1884), was largely inspired by the Swiss artist but also works of Joseph-Michel Pollet(1814-1870): an Hour of the night and the Twilight.