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Madame Defly (1785–1875)

Maker:
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie)
Date:
1863
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Cast bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Purchase, Stephen K. Scher Gift, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.254
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
Madame Defly was reader to Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, cousin of Emperor Napoleon III. Through Princess Mathilde, the sculptor Carpeaux gained entrée to the imperial court. His medallion of Madame Defly at seventy-three, although she was not at all famous, is so winning that it proved to be one of his most popular creations.
Signature: By the edge, middle right side: signed and dated 1863
Atelier Carpeaux ; [their sale Galerie Manzi, Joyant & Cie. , December 8–9, 1913, no. 67] ; [ Galerie Durand-Ruel ] ; Palais Galliéra , November 27, 1974 ; [ Piasa (auction house), December 12, 2012, no. 194] ; [ David and Constance Yates ; sold to MMA]
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