Sunday, 25 December 2016

Jaques Saly and the Equestrian Statue of Frederick V,Copenhagen

The Bronze Equestrian Statue of Frederick V,
at the Amalienborg Palace,
Jaques Francois Joseph Saly (1717 -76).
Cast 2nd March 1768 by Pierre Gors and unveiled 7 July 1771.

Height 12 metres.

Saly published two reports on his statue: 
Jacques François Joseph Saly, Description de la statue équestre que la Compagnie des Indes Orientales de Dannemarc a consacrée à la gloire de Frédéric V, København 1771 

and Jacques François Joseph Saly, Suite de la description du monument consacré à Frédéric V par la compagnie des Indes de Dannemarc, København, 1773.


Proposal for a monument with fountain of Frederick V for the Amalienberg Square.
Marcus Tuscher (1705 - 51).
Pencil pen and grey wash 355 x 472 mm

Equestrian Statue of Frederick V
Amalienborg Palace
Engraving - Johan Martin Priesler

The Royal Library, Copenhagen. Müllers Pinakothek 6, 34, fol plus 
(photograph © The Royal Library, Copenhagen)


 The Royal Square of Amalienborg with Saly's equestrian statue of Frederick V and Nicholas-Henri Jardin's project for Frederick's Church,

Johan Martin Preisler (after drawing by L.A. Le Clerck), 
Folio (photograph provided by Danish National Art Library)

Text and illustrations above from

see previous blog entry.


For the 1997 - 2011 restoration of the statue see -


Jaques Francois Joseph Saly (1717 -76).

For a very useful brief biog of Saly see -

Saly was born in Valenciennes to Francois Marie Saly and his wife Marie Michelle.
After studying with Guillaume Coustou in Paris, in 1738 Saly won the first prize for sculpture and at the end of 1740 went to the French Academy in Rome where he worked with Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain. He got to know Piranesi who had just arrived from Venice whose passion for Roman antiquities he admired.
His Vases, produced in 1746 and dedicated to the De Troy, director of French Academy, show the strong influence of Piranesi. On his return to France in 1751 he was admitted to Académie Royale.

However Saly interpreted the Classical / Rococo in a very personal manner merging the classical art of this contemporaries with the renaissance tradition of the “grotesque” in which vegetables, animals and marine deities blend elegantly and harmoniously. 
see -
These prints are the most fantastic and inventive etching of the time in the tradition which began in the 16th century with Enea Vico, 
In 1753 left for Copenhagen to work there for the Royal Family. When he returned to France he was given a studio at the Louvre.

"Jacques-François-Joseph Saly", Jens Juel, 1772; Statens Museum for Kunst KMS4801:

Portrait of Saly.
With the statue of Frederick V behind him.
Jens Juel (1745 - 1802).


Early plastercast of the horse for the Equestrian Statue of Frederick V by Saly

see  -


Plaster in the Academie Royale de San Fernando Madrid
Photograph - Luis Garcia.


Works by Jaques Saly

Hebe as cup bearer, terracotta Hermitage, St Peterburg, 1763.

Marble Statue of Hebe
St Peterburg.


Bust of Young Girl
c.1750 - 55
total height 52 cms
Sold Sotheby's Paris 7 November 2013.

Much reproduced.

Bronze Bust

Sculpture presumed to be Madame de Pompadour's daughter, Alexandrine Lenormant d'Etiolles, third quarter 18th C by Jacques Francois Joseph Saly (1717-1776):

Jacques Saly A young girl La Boudeuse Saly JacquesFranoisJoseph

Marble Victoria and Albert Museum


Jacques Saly salyantoinepaterVjpg

Antoine Joseph Pater (1670 - 1747)
b. Valenciennes
Sculptor - Master of Saly
by Saly


Joachim Wasserschlebe | Johan Martin Preisler

Engraving by Johann Martin Preisler
of a bust of Joachim Wassersclebe carved by Jaques Saly
Image - Statens Museum fur Kunst, Denmark.


Frederick V
Jaques Saly
Statens Museum for Kunst
101.5 cms


Plate 2: vase decorated with two satyr's heads.  1746  Etching

Plate 14: vase decorated with two standing satyrs leaning on the mouth, and tritoness sitting on the handle.  1746  Etching

Images above British Museum

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