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Madame du Barry (1746–1793)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Augustin Pajou (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)
French, Sèvres
Bust: soft-paste biscuit porcelain; pedestal: glazed porcelain, enameled and gilt
Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm); Height (bust): 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1943
Accession Number:
43.163.3a, b
Not on view
Sèvres employed many of the most famous French sculptors of the day to produce terracotta or plaster models that could be reproduced in biscuit porcelain. Many of these models were reductions of large-scale sculptures, usually in marble, that had met with critical success. In this instance, the sculptor Pajou created an entirely new model rather than copy the lifesize terracotta bust of Madame Du Barry he had executed two years before.
Inscription: Inscribed within oval medallion on front of pedestal, in pink roses and gold: cipher DB

Marking: Painted in blue enamel inside pedestal: Crossed Ls enclosing t (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1772)
Octavius E. Coope (until 1910; his sale, London, May 3–5, 1910, no. 172; sold for £1050 to Asher Wertheimer); Asher Wertheimer (from 1910) ; George and Florence Blumenthal (1912) ; Ann Payne Blumenthal (until 1943; to MMA)
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