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Past Exhibition

Design for a Cup with the Borghese Graces

Workshop of Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Design for a Cup with the Borghese Graces, ca. 1778
Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper
7 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (189 × 139 mm)
Museo Napoleonico, Rome
© Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali — Museo Napoleonico

An early description of the deser of the Bailli de Breteuil describes two cups, each held by three female bronze figures — now untraced. This design, clearly influenced by the Borghese Three Graces (now at the Louvre), probably relates to these lost objects.