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Portrait of a Man, Anne-Claude-Philippe de Tubières de Grimoard, comte de Caylus, 1692–1765

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
second half 18th century (before 1786)
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1949
Accession Number:
49.20.7
Not on view
In a technique of his own invention, Nini refined the local clay through a process of elutriation and used it to cast his medallions from finely engraved copper molds.
Signature: Incised on tranche of shoulder under bust: J NINI F

Inscription: Sticker on back of medallion: Anne-Claude-Phillippe de Tubrières, de Fremoard, de pestels, de Lèvi, Comte de Cayles, Marquis d'Esternay, baron de Bransac, célébre antiquarie et polygraphe, n. en Paris 1692, m. 1765
James Hazen Hyde (until 1949; to MMA)
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