French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Terra Cotta Bust Of A Young Boy Signed Houdon
Item # 9665
Category: Objets D'art
A charming and most decorative French 19th Century Louis XVI st. terra cotta bust of a young boy signed Houdon. The terra cotta bust is raised by an attractive Rosso Levanto circular mottled marble base. Above is the elegant bust of a young boy wearing a shirt and open jacket while gazing towards the right and wearing a period hat. All original patina.
Jean-Antoine Houdon: (1741-1828) A prominent French Neoclassical sculptor born in Versailles. Houdon is famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political figures. In 1785 he sculpted Benjamin Franklin upon his invitation to Mount Vernon where Franklin modeled for him. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1804.