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Allegory of Sleep

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White marble on original elliptical black marble base. Sleeping Putto, wreath of leaves & buds of opium poppy under right arm on head, left holds bud in drapery.


Signed & dated at center back


Possibly in the de La Faillesse Collection, Auvergne, France [see note1]. By 1963, E.E. de Visser, Bilthoven, Holland; 1963, sold by de Visser to the MFA for 12,000 Dutch guilder (fl). (Accession date: October 16, 1963) Notes: [1] As written in the object's acquisition recommendation from Hanns Swarzenski (see curatorial object file), according to E.E. de Visser the piece came from the de la Faillesse Collection. It was called Amour Endormi and believed to have been made for a mistress of Louis XIV.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

French, 1699

Object Place

The Netherlands


71.12 cm (28 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble