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    Artist Name:

    Jean-Baptiste Defernex

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    French, 1728 - 1783

    Title:

    Portrait of Antoine-René de Voyer de Paulmy d’Argenson

    Date:

    ca. 1765

    Medium:

    Terracotta on wooden base decorated with gilded bronze

    Dimensions:

    16 15/16 x 9 1/16 x 6 5/16 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with European Art Acquisition Fund, purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein, through prior acquisitions from the Friends of Art and Colonel Clifford C. Early, High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund, and funds from the Phoenix Society

    Accession Number:

    2007.126

    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 203
    This small terracotta bust attributed Jean-Baptiste Defernex was purchased by the High Museum of Art to enrich the collection's French sculpture holdings. Research into this sculpture had a three-pronged approach. First, research into Paulmy d'Argenson's biography was undertaken to reveal more secure connections to its current attribution to Defernex. Next, the Fellows investigated the attribution by comparing this artistic style with other sculptors of the time who worked in the medium of the terracotta portraits. Finally, a technical study was conducted with the help and guidance of Renee Stein, conservator at Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum, which yielded further information about the bust's history and how it may have appeared in the past.

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