11th Jun, 2024 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 250


A plaster of Paris model of the Temple of Hera II at Paestum

c.1820s, French, attributed to Jean-Pierre and François Fouquet, raised on a mahogany stand with Perspex cover,
12.4cm wide
28.9cm deep
9.1cm high

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

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Paestum, on the southwest coast of Italy, was an important ancient Greek city, and is noted today for its three temples, which remain in a remarkable state of preservation. Examples of the Doric order, they are the Temples of Athena and the First and Second Temples of Hera. The present example is a reduction of the Second Temple of Hera, which was also previously known as the Temple of Neptune or Poseidon, and was built c.460-450 BC. It is the only temple in the western Greek world with a double order of columns.

A near-identical example can be found in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum (MR27). 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 François 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.

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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 £9,500

Condition Report

General light surface wear commensurate with age and use. Some small chips, knocks and losses throughout, with evidence of some repairs. Shadows and one protrusion to the top, possibly where the bolts beneath have been overtightened, causing the rods within to push through. Some wear, chips and losses to the wooden base. The perspex case is in separate pieces and in need of re-gluing. 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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