Heavy lead figural statue depicting "Shepherdess" also referred to as "the Fruit Picker" after an 18th century model by John Cheere of London. Figural sculpture stands at 38" high, depicting a French maiden dressed in 18th century clothing, gathering fruit and holding the fruit in the front of her dress.
English sculptor, John Cheere was known for his designs in lead and plaster using often fashionable Rococo subject matter, he also was inspired by Greek and Roman classics. His figural statues were not only used for landscapes, but were used to decorate libraries. The original statue of the "Shepherdess" is a life-size lead statue at Temperate House in Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London. Cheere did many models of the Shepherdess, some carried a lamb in her arms, other variations were slight such the position of her arms.
Style: Country French
Place of Origin: England
Dimensions: Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 36.5 in. (92.71 cm)Depth: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)
Condition: Excellent antique condition. Wear consistent with age.
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