Joseph-Charles Marin (French, Paris 1759–1834 Paris)
late 18th century
White marble plinth, bleu turquin marble with gilt-bronze mounts
Length: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
Not on view
Marin is best known for his terracottas in the manner of Clodion, but the attribution to him of this marble statuette, if by no means certain, is not unreasonable. It is a rarity to find the species of the marble statuette with its atendant sentimental imagery, perfected by Falconet, carried forward to the period around 1800—roughly the time of this composition. By this date, bronze and terracotta were preferred. In any event, the maiden's chaste, unfussy pose is nicely offset by the complicated tresses favored during the Consulate (1799–1804).