Portrait bust of Marie-Anne Botot d'Angeville

French (Paris)
1752
Jean-Baptiste Defernex (1729–1783)


Dimensions

Overall (with socle): 36 cm (14 3/16 in.) Overall (without socle): 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

65.2219

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

The young woman looks slightly to her left. Her hair is drawn back to the crown of her head with long sausage-shaped curls falling over her shoulders, one terminating in two looped ribbons. She wears a strand of beads and a rose in her hair. Her expression is open and smiling. The pupils and irises of her eyes are incised, giving her an animated gaze. The truncation of the bust is oval and cut from the middle of each shoulder to her upper chest. Her neck is bare.

Signed

Signed and dated along the upper edge of the truncation, incised in the clay before firing:Mlle. Dangeville.par.J.B. Defernex1752.

Provenance

1937, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Company, New York [see note 1]; October 28, 1943, sold by Wildenstein to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection