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Female bust

Date:
1725–50
Culture:
French
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 16 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 4 3/4 in., 7.5lb. (41.9 x 27.3 x 12.1 cm, 3.402kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
07.225.510.118
Not on view
Since the figure is looking downward, she may have been intended for the crest of a tall armoire or bookcase. Resembling the elegant women in the paintings of Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), this large mount would add not only sculptural beauty but also considerable cost and weight to a piece of furniture. The cabinetmaker had to take this additional weight into account when constructing the carcass. The large holes in the bust are for screws or nails to fasten it to the wooden surface. It was only later, during the eighteenth century, that less conspicuous methods of mounting were devised.
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
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