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French 19th Century Louis XVI st. terra cotta bust of a young boy, signed Houdon

List: $3,800.00

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... — Read More

  • Item # 9665
  • H: 18 in L: 11 in D: 8.5 in

    H: 46 cm L: 28 cm D: 22 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Marble/Stone, Terra Cotta
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (Louis XVI st.) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Jean-Antoine Houdon Read More
  • 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.
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French 19th Century Louis XVI st. terra cotta bust of a young boy, signed Houdon