Bust

Maker: C. Lacroix, Franco-Flemish (Franco–Flemish, born Burgundy, active Genoa)

Date: ca. 1695–1700

Culture: probably French

Medium: Elephant ivory

Dimensions: Height (bust only): 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)

Classification: Natural Substances-Ivory

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Bequest, in memory of his father, Edward Joseph Gallagher, his mother, Ann Hay Gallagher, and his son, Edward Gallagher III, and The Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation Inc. Gift, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.243

Description

The virtuoso Baroque carver, here signing G Lacroix fecit (under the man's left arm), was a Franco-Flemish native whose principal activity was in Genoa; he was possibly the same Lacroix, given name unrecorded, who was in Rome producing sculptures for the gardens at Versailles in 1680. Our subject has not been ascertained, but his identity may someday be unraveled through his dis tinctive pockmarked face and pugnacious profile. The two-ribbon tie was worn both in Genoa and at the court of Louis XIV. Lacroix established these details, as well as the pseudobrocade, with punctilio, but what really excited him was capturing the arrested flowing movement of wig and lace.

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