Offered by: Solomon Treasure
1050 Second Ave New York City, NY 10022 , United States Call Seller 917.686.9732


After Jean-Antoine Houdon a Bronze Bust of Benjamin Franklin

$ 30,000
  • Description
    After Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741-1828) a bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin on a white marble base, circa 1880

    This bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin after Jean-Antoine Houdon, is a striking example of 18th century portraiture. Houdon was a renowned French sculptor who was known for his lifelike depictions of prominent individuals of his time, and Franklin was one of his most famous subjects.

    This bust is a copy of Houdon's original marble bust of Franklin, which was commissioned by the State of Virginia in 1785. The bust depicts Franklin as an elderly man, with his signature long hair pulled back. His face is rendered in exquisite detail, capturing the sharp features and piercing gaze that were characteristic of Franklin.

    It is a testament to Houdon's skill as a sculptor, and his ability to capture the likeness and personality of his subjects in his work. It is also a tribute to Franklin's stature as a statesman and intellectual, and his enduring legacy as one of America's founding fathers.

    Today, bronzes of Benjamin Franklin are a popular subject for collectors and art enthusiasts, and can be found in many public and private collections around the world. Its enduring popularity is a testament to both Houdon's artistry and Franklin's enduring legacy as one of America's most influential figures.

    Inscribed Houdon f. 1778 on side.

    Measures : 19" high x 12" wide x 6" deep

    Very good condition, no damages noted.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Bronze,Marble
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 633780
  • Dimensions
    W. 12 in; H. 19 in; D. 6 in;
    W. 30.48 cm; H. 48.26 cm; D. 15.24 cm;
Message from Seller:

For four generations, Solomon Treasure has obtained a reputation for dealing in rare and important 18th – 19th century antiques and fine art.

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