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Louis XVI

Artist:
Philippe Laurent Roland (French, Pont-à-Marc 1746–1816 Paris)
Date:
1787
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Marble medallion, gilt and marbleized wood frame
Dimensions:
Roundel: Diam. 27-5/8 in. (70 cm); Frame: H. 59-1/2 x W. 62-1/4 in. (151 x 158 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Wrightsman Fund, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.234
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 524
One of a set of four roundels made for the Halle aux Draps (Draper's Hall), a 12th-centry building renovated under Louis XVI. The enframement of sunflower and laurel is possibly by Roland, since it accords well with his gilt wood panels with eagles and garlands made for the Château de Bagatelle in 1776 (see 07.225.17a, b).
Signature: Incised on tranche of bust: Roland.f.1787
[ sale, Christie's, Monaco , June 18, 1989, no. 177; sold for FF 800,000 ] ; [ Bernard Baruch Steinitz , until 1990; sold to MMA ]
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