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Samuel Bernard (1651–1739)

Guillaume Coustou the Elder (French, Lyons 1677–1746 Paris)
ca. 1727
French, Paris
Overall without base (confirmed): 36 1/8 x 27 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. (91.8 x 70.8 x 37.1 cm); Height with base (confirmed): 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift and Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 549
The banker Samuel Bernard was made a member of the Order of Saint-Michel in 1702. This bust was probably carved on the occasion of his second marriage in 1720.
Inscription: Noted on label on back of column: n° 388/materiel
Samuel Bernard, comte de Coubert (ca. 1726–d. 1739) ; his descendants the comtes de Coubert (from 1739) ; comte Félix de Forestier de Coubert (recorded in 1914) ; comte Guy de Forestier de Coubert (in 1937) ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , New York (until 1966; sold to MMA) ]
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