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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 65

    A CARVED PIERRE DE JURA BUST OF VOLTAIRE

    BY CLAUDE-ANTOINE ROSSET (1749/1759-1818), 1770

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    A CARVED PIERRE DE JURA BUST OF VOLTAIRE
    BY CLAUDE-ANTOINE ROSSET (1749/1759-1818), 1770
    Signed and dated along the back edge Rosset fecit A claude/ 1770; standing on a pierre de jura base with a paper label marked Blumka Gallery
    10 ½ in. (27.3 cm.) high


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    In 1767, Jean Francois Joseph Rosset, dit Rosset père (1706-1786), began to specialize in producing small busts of 18th century philosophers, in marble, alabaster, pierre de jura, and ivory. He worked closely with his sons who continued to produce these busts for several decades. The present bust, signed a claude/ 1770, is most likely by his son Claude-Antoine Rosset (1749 or 1759-1818).

    Provenance

    with Blumka Gallery, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION