Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Bisque on marble base
Overall: 14 1/2 in. ( 36.8 cm )
inscriptions: on front: "Franklin" inscribed: on back: "Sevres"
A posthumous echo of Franklin's popularity, this porcelain bust was modeled after Caffiéri's famous portrait, but with several variations: a slight upward tilt and rotation of the head, and the addition of costume details such as coat buttons. A popular and relatively inexpensive form of portraiture, busts such as this were readily available for sale to Franklin's French fans and admirers.
Bequest of Mr. Charles Allen Munn
The Collection of Charles Allen Munn
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