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Marble bust of young woman wearing a crown of flowers. Head turned toward right. Signed and dated: "J. Bte. Carpeaux, 1874. Three quarter life size.


J. Bte. Carpeaux


By 1912, M. Raimbeaux, France [see note 1]. January 31, 1936, Harry A. Robinson Sale, Raynes Auction Gallery, NY, lot 33, sold to Arnold Seligmann, New York [see note 2]; 1937, sold by Seligmann to the MFA for $7500. (Accession Date: December 9, 1937) Notes: [1] According to correspondence in the MFA object file from December 6, 1937, the bust was exhibited at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, from May 15 - June 15, 1912 under the catalogue number 139. The catalogue entry cites M. Raimbeaux as the owner. [2] See letter from Robert C. Moeller, III, May 11, 1972, copy in MFA curatorial file.

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Anna Mitchell Richards Fund

French, 19th century, 1874

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Overall: 57.8 x 31.8 x 27.9cm (22 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 11in.) Block (Dry mounted onto stone or wooden pedestal 1/4 pin): 121.9 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm (48 x 12 x 12 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble