A wonderful terracotta bust of a woman, probably of either Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships - or Demeter the Greek goddess of agriculture. Created by French sculptor and painter Josse Francois Joseph Leriche (1729-1812). Leriche worked at the Sevres factory from 1757, where he was in charge of the sculpture workshop. The sculpture is a very early work of his and is signed and dated on verso “Leriche, F., 1753”, mounted on a round breche d’Alep marble base. Excellent overall condition with expected wear and imperfections due to age, great patina. Dimensions: 27" h overall (22" actual sculpture height) x 7" diameter base.
Provenance: descended from the Guilhot De Lagarde family of Rivesaltes, France.
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