“l’Amour à la Folie” by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Reference No: 488
A very fine 19th century French, Napoleon III period, carved pure-white Carrara marble reclining Putto holding a court jester's sceptre, known as “L'Amour à la Folie” (Love to madness), a renown work by the 19th century French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875). This 'Amour' is a much-loved detail from one of the groups of sculptures commissioned by Jean-Louis Charles Garnier for the Parisian 'Opera Garnier', (see below a photo of the original sculptural group by Carpeaux, titled “La Danse”).
During Carpeaux lifetime, his workshop made signed terracotta, bronze and Carrara marble copies – some of which can be found in the Musée D'Orsay in Paris, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, and the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. Signed at the rear “J.B. Carpeaux”. Paris, circa 1874.
Condition report: In excellent, original condition.
Dimensions: 33 x 20 cm, height 40 cm.