This terracotta bust entirely representative of the Louis XV style is attributed to a follower of the great sculptor of Flemish origin Sébastien Slodtz (Antwerp 1655 - Paris 1726). Famous pupil of François Girardon, Sébastien Slodtz distinguished himself by sculpting capitals, monumental vases and sculpted groups for the alleys and groves of the Palace of Versailles, Marly, Trianon or the Tuileries Palace. In 1699, Slodtz received accommodation in the Louvre where he lived until his death. At the head of a great dynasty of artists, two of his sons will also become sculptors, two other painters.
If portraits are rare in the work of Slodtz, our bust presents very important points of comparison with a portrait today preserved in the museum of Cognac (France), signed and dated 1722, representing the author of theater very in vogue in the end of the 17th century and in the first years of the 18th century, Charles Dufresny (1657-1724). As on the terracotta of Cognac, the playwright is presented there according to the canonical model of the portrait of "intellectual", his abundant wig falling casually on his left shoulder, his doublet embroidered open, releasing the lace collar of his fine shirt . This descendant of Henri IV is represented in the twilight of his life, as it appears on an engraving repeating his portrait painted in 1724 by Charles Coypel.
Provenance : Former collection Forbin