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...
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.
Until 1937, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Neuilly-sur-Seine, France [see note 1]; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Company, New York [see note 2]; 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:  David David-Weill was an important figure in the art world, forming a large collection of eighteenth-century French paintings and sculpture and other works of art, as well as serving as the President du Conseil des Musées de France. In 1937 he sold many objects from his collection to Wildenstein and Company (see below, n. 2). Subsequently, when France fell to Germany in 1940, David-Weill fled Paris. At this time, much of his collection was seized by the Nazis. Many of these objects were returned to him following the war. Because this sculpture had been sold to Wildenstein in 1937, it was not among David-Weill's possessions during World War II and was not subject to Nazi looting.  See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20.
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection