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By Susse Frères (French, active 1839-1970s)
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The large patinated bronze figure of Achilles, after the model by Philibert Vigier (French, 1655-1739), executed in marble in 1695 for the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, where it is still on view today
Depicting the full length figure of Achilles on Skyros standing side on drawing his sword from its sheath with his right hand, on a square base signed 'Philb Vigier / Molinensis' and with foundry inscription 'Susse Fres Edt Paris'
The story of Achilles on Skyros from Greek mythology presents Achilles being disguised as a woman and hidden on the island of Skyros by his mother, knowing that he would be destined to die if he fought in the Trojan War. He was hidden among the daughters of King Lycomedes. Sent to find Achilles, the Greek chieftains Ulysses and Diomedes disguised themselves as merchants. As they hoped, Achilles gave himself away by snatching up a sword that they had concealed in their chests of jewelry and clothing.
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