Jean Antoine Houdon, copy after - A TERRACOTTA PORTRAIT BUST OF GEORGES-LOUIS LECLERC, COMTE DE BUFFON
Jean Antoine Houdon, copy after
A TERRACOTTA PORTRAIT BUST OF GEORGES-LOUIS LECLERC, COMTE DE BUFFON
Terracotta bust, France 19th C. (after J. A. Houdon) (GR 2.373)
Minimal wear. Height 56 cm (with plinth).
A terracotta portrait bust of Georges-Louis Leclerk, Compte de Buffon. Worked in the round, with an original polychrome clay plinth. A portrait bust of the French scientist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), director of the Royal Gardens in Paris. This terracotta is based on a bust by Jean Antoine Houdon and is inscribed "Houdon f" to the left outer edge, and was probably made in France in the 19th century.
Auction Sotheby´s, London, 8.12.1994, lot 118.
The Rau Collection for UNICEF
For this bust and the original piece by Jean Antoine Houdons, see: H. H. Arnason: The Sculptures of Houdon, London 1975, illus. 46 & pl. 73.