Ludwig von Hofer, copy after
A MARBLE FIGURE OF PSYCHE
Marble, contemporary sculpture after Ludwig von Hofer (GR 2.168)
Minor loss to the garment lower left. Height 72 cm.
A marble figure of Psyche. Worked in the round, the wings recognisably attached. Signed and dated to the front of the plinth: "L. HOFER IN ROMA / MDCCCXXXV." Following his apprenticeship in Stuttgart, Ludwig von Hofer moved to Munich in 1819 and then to Rome to study further in the studio of Berthel Thorvaldsen. Upon his return to Stuttgart, von Hofer brought a marble statue of Psyche with him from Rome, which was subsequently purchased by Wilhelm I von Württemberg and displayed in his residential palace. This 140 cm high work was sold at auction in 1922, but its whereabouts since then are not known. The present work is probably a contemporary replica of this piece.
Purchased pre 1960 from a Stuttgart art dealer.
The Rau Collection for UNICEF
For the exemplary sculpture, see: Felix Fleischhauer (ed.): Gemälde und Kunstgegenstände aus dem ehemaligen Königlichen Schloss Wilhelma bei Stuttgart. Besitz des verstorbenen Königs Wilhelm II. von Württemberg. Auction on 10th October 1922, Stuttgart 1922, no. 122 illus.