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Portrait bust of a Man

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Terracotta bust of a man and socle. The terracotta socle was cast separately and attached. Bust is signed on back of truncation, incised in clay before firing: chinard/Lyon


Signed on back of truncation, incised in clay before firing: chinard/Lyon; a paper sticker on back of truncation is inscribed: Chinard/Un Conventionnel/DW 2327/CTEB; a fragment of another paper sticker is inscribed: ionnel".


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 2, 1944, 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: [1] 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. [2] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

French, about 1795

Object Place

Lyon, France


Overall (without socle): 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.) Other (with socle): 33.4 cm (13 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Terracotta with terracotta socle