Superb Bust by Jean-Bapytiste Pigalle

No. R16633

Superb Terra-cotta study, bust of a young boy signed on the back of the shoulder by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (France, 1714-1785). 

Reference:

Pigalle was born in Paris, the seventh child of a carpenter. Although he failed to obtain the Prix de Rome, after a severe struggle he entered the Académie Royale and became one of the most popular sculptors of his day. His earlier work, such as Child with Cage (model at Sèvres) and Mercury Fastening his Sandals (Berlin, and lead cast in Louvre), is less commonplace than that of his more mature years, but his nude statue of Voltaire, dated 1776 (initially in the Institut de France, purchased by the Louvre in 1962), and his tombs of Comte d'Harcourt (c. 1764) (Notre Dame de Paris) and of Marshal Saxe, completed in 1777 (Saint-Thomas Lutheran church, Strasbourg), are good examples of French sculpture in the 18th century.

 

The socle has a piece broken and restored (with the original piece), likely in the 19th century. Otherwise the piece is in good condition with minor surface wear consistent with age. 


Pigalle died in Paris on 20 August 1785. 

 

 

  • OriginFrench
  • CircaMid 18th c.
  • Materialterra-cotta
  • Height10 1/4 in
  • Price$2,250.00
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