11th Jun, 2024 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 249


A plaster of Paris model of Ilisos Temple

c.1820s, French, attributed to Jean-Pierre and François Fouquet, raised on a mahogany stand with Perspex cover,
model 12.5cm wide
23.5cm deep
12.3cm high

Provenance: The Collection of Ben Weinreb (1912-1999), thence by descent to the present owner.

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The small Ionic temple on which the present lot was modelled was built on the south bank of the Ilisos (or Ilissus) River in Athens and is also referred to as the Temple of Artemis Agrotera, or Artemis the Huntress. Not much of the temple survives today, due to it being demolished in 1778, but it appears to date to the 5th century BC and is possibly the work of the Greek architect, Kallicrates, who worked on the Parthenon.

Another, slightly larger, version of this model can be found in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum (MR2*). It is understood that Soane visited Paestum as a student in 1779, and the Doric order in particular had a profound effect on his architecture, as can be seen in the Doric Vestibule of the Bank of England (1803-08). According to the records held by the Museum, Sir John Soane purchased twenty models by Francois Fouquet in 1834 from the architect Edward Cresy (1792-1858) who, from 1829-1835, worked in Paris. Soane paid Cresy the substantial sum of £100. It is likely that Cresy purchased the models directly from Fouquet et Fils.

According to the Sir John Soane’s Museum, François based his model on plates I-VIII, chapter II of James Stuart and Nicholas Revett’s 'The Antiquities of Athens', first published in 1762, with a French translation published in 1793.

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Neoclassical and Grand Tour Works of Art

The Fine Interiors department are thrilled to be selling a selection of wonderful Neoclassical and Grand Tour works of art in our upcoming sale, which have proven to be the perfect inspiration for our catalogue cover art.

Sold for £8,500

Condition Report

Some small chips, knocks, cracks and losses throughout. One rear corner is broken and loose, but present. Evidence of some small repairs. General light dirt and dust. Some splits, knocks and small losses to wooden base. Remnants of hand-written paper label beneath. Aside from the small broken corner, the piece is overall structurally stable. General wear to Perspex case, which is a little loose at the joints. Please see additional photos.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 11th Jun, 2024


Our highly anticipated Fine Interiors sale has concluded with some excellent results, and we would like to thank everyone who joined us, whether online, in the saleroom, via absentee bids, or by telephone.

Amongst the highlights are a pair of neoclassical mahogany and ormolu pier tables, which achieved £24,700 after fierce bidding in the saleroom. Additionally, three expertly crafted plaster models of temples attributed to Jean-Pierre and François Fouquet, estimated at £6,000-£8,000 each, altogether resulted in £35,100. The sought-after collection of Theo and Rosemary Cutting also achieved a sale total of £107,315 which included a rosewood baby grand piano by Steinway & Sons that sold for £5,460 and a George III carved giltwood overmantel mirror which sold for £4,940.



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Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 7 June, 10am - 4pm 

Sunday 9 June, 10am - 1pm 

Monday 10 June, 10am - 4pm 


The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 


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