• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 148

    A WHITE MARBLE BUST OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-JACQUES CAFFIERI, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A WHITE MARBLE BUST OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-JACQUES CAFFIERI, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Depicted wearing a cravat
    19½ in. (49.5 cm.) high, 17 in. (43 cm.) wide, 24½ in. (62 cm.) high overall


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    After Benjamin Franklin's arrival in Paris in 1776, he sat for many portraits, both painted and sculpted. The original marble by Caffieri, modelled in 1777, is one of the most celebrated. It perfectly captures the modest manner of this American completely at home amongst the splendor of Louis XVI's court.

    Provenance

    The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Saul P. Steinberg; Sotheby's, New York, 26 May 2000, lot 223.