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Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science

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Bronze with various surface patinations. Female figure, holding silvered veil away from face with both hands; breast and shoulders are naked (and gilt, as are face and hands); drapery under breast held by silvered scarab; drapery flows to bare, gilt feet.


Signed at the proper left edge of the base “E. Barrias” in script with an underscore line.


Cold stamp of the foundry inscribed at the inside edge of a circle “SUSSE FRERES EDITEURS·PARIS·” at the proper right edge of the base with a stamped “P” to the right of the circle.


1974, sold by Michael Hall Fine Arts, New York, to the MFA. (Accession date: June 12, 1974)

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Edwin E. Jack Fund

French (Paris), About 1899


Overall: 58.4 x 23 x 15.5 cm (23 x 9 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze with various patinations, some areas silvered or gilded before patination