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Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689–1755)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
After a model by Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, Nancy 1738–1814 Paris)
ca. 1784
French, Sèvres
Hard-paste biscuit porcelain
Overall (confirmed): 14 x 11 1/4 x 10 5/16 in. (35.6 x 28.6 x 26.2 cm); Base: 9 9/16 x 8 3/4 in. (24.3 x 22.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of John A. Rutherfurd, 1905
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
This portrait of the writer-philosopher Montesquieu is a reduction of a full-size marble executed as one of a series of statues of the Great Men of France commissioned on behalf of Louis XVI from Clodion, Houdon, Pajou, and other sculptors. Beginning in 1782 the series was produced at Sèvres from the artists' terracotta models.
Marking: Incised on top of plinth at front center: Script L, R (approval mark of Josse-François-Joseph Le Riche (1741–1812), director of Sèvres sculpture studio 1780–1801)
John A. Rutherfurd (until 1905; to MMA)
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