This figure, symbolizing Fortune, was one of the French sculptor Moreau-Vauthier's most famous works. It was originally exhibited in an almost life-size version in 1878, and due to the work's success, it was replicated in many different materials, including ivory and bronze. This porcelain version is marked with the date 1900, and it is likely that Henry Walters purchased it from the Exposition Universelle in Paris that year. Versions of this sculpture in ivory were owned by Henry's contemporaries, Mary J. Morgan and William H. Vanderbilt.


  • Title: Fortune
  • Creator: After Augustin Jean Moreau-Vauthier (French, 1831-1893)
  • Date Created: 1900
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: After Augustin Jean Moreau-Vauthier (French, 1831-1893), Manufacturer: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, active 1756-present)
  • Provenance: Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1900; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] [1] Found in the former Walters residence at 5 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore
  • Object Type: statuettes
  • Medium: porcelain biscuit
  • Inscriptions: [Factory Mark] In triangle: Sevres; O H 1900
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Dimensions: H: 19 x W: 4 3/4 x D: 7 11/16 in. (48. 2 x 12 x 19.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, ca. 1900
  • Classification: Ceramics
  • Accession Number: 48.1735

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