After Augustin Pajou, French (1730-1809) A 19th century marble bust of Madame du Barry (1743-93)
Lot 204
A French 19th century marble bust of Madame du Barry after Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)
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Lot Details
A French 19th century marble bust of Madame du Barry
after Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)
looking to sinister, her drapery falling from her left shoulder, raised on a square spreading socle, together with a Brèche Violette marble pedestal with a square shelf above a cylindrical shaft terminating in a stepped square base, the bust 73cm (28.75") high, overall 180cm (70.5") high (2)

Footnotes

  • Madame du Barry was the last Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV of France. Louis XV built the Château de Louveciennes for her, where she retired after his death in 1774. Madame du Barry was guillotined during the Revolution in 1793. Pajou was her favourite sculptor of Madame du Barry, and from 1770 to 1773 he made five portraits busts of her, all with different hair styles. The present bust is based on the final bust Pajou created for her, which is now in the Louvre.
    Following the success of this bust the king granted Pajou a workshop in the Louvre.
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