Portrait bust of Marie-Anne Botot d'Angeville
Jean-Baptiste Defernex (1729–1783)
Overall (with socle): 36 cm (14 3/16 in.) Overall (without socle): 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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 and dated along the upper edge of the truncation, incised in the clay before firing:Mlle. Dangeville.par.J.B. Defernex1752.
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)
 See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20.
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection