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Self Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt

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Oval bronze plaque with profile portrait in relief of Sarah Bernhardt wearing a plumed hat and bow at her neck.


Inscribed on front: "A Mon Amie Louise Abbema, Sarah Bernhardt 1878". Signed on back: "S. Martin, Fondeur"


1878, given by the artist to Louis Abbema (b. 1858 - d. 1927) [see note 1]. June 16, 1978, possibly anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 15 [see note 2]. 1989, Sandorval and Co., Inc., New York; 1989, sold by Sandorval to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 1989) NOTES: [1] Abbema was also an artist and a close friend of Sarah Bernhardt. The self-portrait is inscribed: "A Mon Amie Louise Abbema, Sarah Bernhardt 1878." [2] It has not yet been established whether the object in this sale is the MFA object, or a variant of nearly identical dimensions.

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Otis Norcross Fund and Gift of Robert A. Radloff and Ann Beha

French, dated 1878

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Overall: 21.5 x 18.1 x 3.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

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Metal; bronze