“Boreas abducting Orithyia”
and “Pluto abducting Proserpine”
Height : 53 & 49 cm (20 3/4 & 19 1/4 in.) ; Width : 28 x 27 cm (11 x 10 2/3 in.)
Rare figural groups forming a pair, executed in patinated bronze, resting on Louis XV style gilded bronze bases.
Similar bronze groups are now displayed at the Wallace collection in London (no.inv. S196 and S197) as well as at the Petit Palais museum in Paris.
In 1786, Louis Boizot as director of the sculpture workshop of the Sèvres porcelain manufacture exposed the clay models for two groups representing the Rape of Proserpine by Pluto and the Rape of Orithyia by Boreas. Boizot made shortly after the bronze casts of these mythological subjects in collaboration with the greatest bronze-casters, such Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813), Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) and François Rémond (1747 – 1812).
(Louis Boizot 1743-1809), a French sculptor, was a pupil of the sculptor Michel-Ange Slodtz (1705-1764) as he won in 1762 the first prize for sculpture. This success allowed him to go to Rome in 1765 where he stayed for five years at the France Academy. Apart the Imperial Catherine II of Russia commissions, Boizot worked mainly in Paris by creating scul^ted decorations for public buildings such as Palais Bourbon (1772) or the Saint-Sulpice Church (1777). However Boizot acquired a certain notoriety when he succeeded Falconet in 1774, at the head of sculpture workshops of the Sèvres Manufacture where until 1785 he created small allegorical models according to the new neo-classical style of the time.