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) ]