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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Object Number: 
1924.87
Date: 
1792-1800
Medium: 
Bisque on marble base
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 1/2 in. ( 36.8 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: on front: "Franklin" inscribed: on back: "Sevres"
Description: 
Portrait bust
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.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Mr. Charles Allen Munn
Provenance: 
The Collection of Charles Allen Munn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group