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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Title
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Date 
1792-1800
Medium 
Bisque on marble base
Dimensions 
Overall: 14 1/2 in. ( 36.8 cm )
Description 
Portrait bust
Credit Line 
Bequest of Mr. Charles Allen Munn
Object Number 
1924.87
Marks 
inscriptions: on front: "Franklin" inscribed: on back: "Sevres"
Gallery Label 
A posthumous echo of Franklin's popularity, this porcelain bust was modeled after Caffiéri's famous portrait, but with several variations: a slight upward tilt and rotation of the head, and the addition of costume details such as coat buttons. A popular and relatively inexpensive form of portraiture, busts such as this were readily available for sale to Franklin's French fans and admirers.
Provenance 
The Collection of Charles Allen Munn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group