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Bust of Madame Sedaine

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Terracotta bust of Mme. Sedaine wearing wig, with curls falling over shoulders, dress draped over breast; facing left. Posthumous cast? Signed and dated Pajou 1781.


Paper sticker on back, stamped in blue ink: Douanes Francaises Paris/Batignolles/A.T.


Pajou FE 1781


1781, the sitter, Madame Sedaine (Suzanne-Charlotte Sériny, 1739-1826), and her husband, Michel-Jean Sedaine; 1826, by inheritance to their daughter, Anastase-Suzanne Sedaine [see note 1]; by descent within Brisay Family. By 1913, with Eugene Kraemer; April 28-29, 1913, sold at Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 98 [see note 2]. By 1946, John List Crawford, Bryn Mawr, PA; January 26, 1946, sold by John List Crawford at Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, no. 51, and bought by Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes. (Accession date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] Anastase-Suzanne Sedaine married Achille-Louis-Françios, later marquis de Brisay (d. 1855). See J. D. Draper, "Augustin Pajou, Royal Sculpture: 1730-1809," 1997, p. 250-253. [2] Cat. No. 127

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Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

French, 1781


Overall (height with socle): 76.8 x 52 x 23 cm (30 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.)

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