Guillaume Coustou the Elder (French, Lyons 1677–1746 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)
Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift and Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
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) ]