The Greeks believed that without gracefulness, all labor was in vain and meaningless. The Graces were frequently the subject of artists and poets.
The Graces were occasionally shown clothed (mostly during the classical period in Greece), but since Hellenistic times they have been shown almost exclusively nude or wearing transparent gowns.. The reason for their nudity was to convey sincerity and candor, without disguise or pretense.They have been described as three beautiful women, standing together, entirely undraped, the central figure having an arm placed each on a shoulder of the other two. Thus, they display, as if in dancing attitude, symmetry of person, combining with elegance of movement, unadorned beauty, designed to indicate the constant reciprocation of kindness and friendship, without concealment or reserve.
In 1819, after its completion, the statue was installed at the Dukes residence in Woburn Abbey. Canova even made the trip over to England to supervise its installation, choosing for it to be displayed on a pedestal adapted from a marble plinth with a rotating top (see last image). This version is now owned jointly by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Galleries, of Scotland, and is alternately displayed at each. Please see the second to last photo to get an estimate of size, and the very last photo shows the weight at 3.9 grams. I'm more than happy to answer any questions or provide additional photos.Check out my other items!! The item "Rare Vintage Silver Souvenir Statue Sculpture Charm Statue THE THREE GRACES" is in sale since Monday, January 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Charms & Charm Bracelets". The seller is "red-stiletto" and is located in Chesterfield, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.