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Vase with Triumph of Thetis
  • After François Girardon (1628 - 1715)
  • Vase with Triumph of Thetis
  • France
  • mid 18th century or later
  • Vase
  • Bronze
  • Height: 44.4 cm
    Diameter: 35.3 cm, maximum
  • S168
  • Large Drawing Room
Images & Media
  • This vase is one of a pair (both in the Wallace Collection) depicting the Triumph of Thetis, a sea-nymph who was the mother of Achilles. She is shown accompanied by her followers, fellow sea-nymphs (Nereids), Tritons, marine centaurs, a marine goat (capricorn), dolphins and little children. The vases have similarities in composition to two much larger marble vases completed by François Girardon (1628-1715) in 1683 for the gardens at Versailles. Probably cast after the sculptor’s death, they may well preserve the compositions of Girardon’s original wax models for the marble vases, and are notable for the freshness and vivacity of the handling, which contrasts with the heavy formality of much French sculpture of this period.