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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 67

    A TINTED PLASTER BUST OF JEAN-MARIE ROLAND-VICOMTE, DE LA PLATIÈRE (1734-1793)

    FRENCH, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A TINTED PLASTER BUST OF JEAN-MARIE ROLAND-VICOMTE, DE LA PLATIÈRE (1734-1793)
    FRENCH, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Inscribed 39366 in pen to the reverse
    14 ¾ in. (37 cm.) high, overall


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    Roland served as a leader of the Girondin faction during the French Revolution, followed this path largely at the direction of his wife, famed revolutionary, intellectual, and salon hostess Marie-Jeanne née Phlippon, called 'Manon' (1754-1793). He fled the Jacobin coup d’état, but his wife was not as fortunate. She was arrested and sent to the guillotine where she uttered her famous last words “O Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!” Upon hearing of her execution, Roland committed suicide at the age of 59, tying a note to his chest that he could no longer live in a world stained by enemies before running a sword through his heart.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 12 June 1989, lot 143.


    Pre-Lot Text

    “O Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!”