Jean-Antoine Houdon - Moss New York Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    ‘Les Visiteurs d’Été’ (Summer Visitors), Moss, New York, July 8 -August 21, 2005

  • Literature

    Jennifer Kabat, ‘Murray’s Next Act’, Metropolis, April 2012, illustrated p. 73

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since antiquity, the human face in effigy has dominated sculpture and painting. Originally reserved primarily for sovereigns and gods, since the middle of the eighteenth century this art form came slowly to represent other famous characters, depending less on a diminishing royal patronage, and appealing more to the emerging middle class. Signifiers of a contemporary political affiliation, an artistic patronage, a personal loyalty, or a philosophical allegiance, these portraits give idealized human form to exceptional human endeavor.

    Souvenirs of great thought or great deed, busts can embody a legacy of human accomplishment. These porcelain busts of Molière and Marie- Antoinette were shown in the 2005 Moss Gallery exhibition: ‘Les Visiteurs d’Été’ (Summer Visitors), culled directly from the archives of France’s ancient royal porcelain manufactory, the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, a rare privilege.

    The historic sculptures shown in that exhibition were conceived by various artists between 1768 and 1936, and produced by Sèvres between 1897 and 2005.



designed 1781, first cast in bisque porcelain circa 1899, produced 2000
Bisque porcelain.
18 in (45.7 cm) high
Manufactured by Sèvres, France. Impressed with manufacturer’s marks and ‘2000’.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $8,750


16 October 2012
New York