Study for a decor with a statue of Eros in a niche, French School, early 19th century


French school, early 19th century

Study for a decor with a statue of Eros in a niche

Black chalk and brown ink wash on paper.

254 x 156 mm – 10 x 6 1/8 in.

Wears several numbers on the back and stamp of French Customs.


Provenance :

– Collection Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley ( 1847-1919 ), Paris ( L. 421) its stamp at the bottom right.

– Switzerland, private collection.


This drawing was, no doubt, developed with a view to the realization of a wall ornament. The framing, particularly neat with its rhythmic frieze of many diamonds, presents, on each side, at the upper part, an oval frame in which is inscribed a charming putto. These two oval arrays are surrounded by a country border which connects them to each other by forming a garland in the upper central part of the drawing.

In the center, perched on a column base resting on a pedestal, throne Eros, the god of Love holding in his right hand an arc.

On the central pedestal, flanked by two smaller ones, set back, surmounted by a vase, appears a trophy representing a quiver and arrows.


Condition report: very good condition.

Framing options

Pas de cadre, Cadre Louis XVI plat Or (4cm), Cadre Louis XVI plat Noir et Or (4cm), Cadre plat (4cm) teinté ébène, Cadre inversé (3,3 cm) teinté ébène, Cadre Louis XVI or (3cm)