Augustin Pajou, 1774 Bust, Marquis de Lubersac
By the hand of the great French sculptor, Augustin Pajou, an original terracotta work of the youth, the Marquis de Lubersac, signed and dated 1774.This was a commissioned work, done while the artist was in his Italian stay.This is not the later copy of the same, and never impressed 'Made in France' as those are. All original surface and including its marble socle, it comes from the estate of Adelaide Pearson, (1875-1960), of Blue Hill, Maine, a noted author, collector, famed photographer and Egyptologist. Purchased directly back in about 1968-9.from her only heir and lifelong friend/companion Ms. Pearson was the founder of the famous Blue Hill Pottery works of coastal Maine. A great many of her exceptional collections were exhibited at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, at Brunswick, likely, including this piece..
A few years earlier terracotta bust of same size by this important artist, sold at Paris auction in 2002, at huge money, as put below. Fine untouched condition, 20" Height. 13" Width.