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A Vestal

95.5 x 42.1 x 35 cm (37 5/8 x 16 9/16 x 13 3/4 in)
Probably Catherine II of Russia [1729-1796], Saint Petersburg; Prince Gregory Alexandrovich Potemkin; his grand niece, Darja Nikolajewna Lopouchina, Moscow; W.N. Isakoff, Kiev, before 1904 until probably 1923. [1] David David-Weill [1871-1952], Neuilly-sur-Seine, before 1925; [2] sold 1937 to (Wildenstein & Co., New York), until at least 1940. [3] purchased 1949 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1952 to NGA. [1] The early provenance is from Adrien Prachoff, "La Vestale, statue en marbre de Clodion, dans la collection de W.N. Isakoff," Khudozhestvennyia sokrovishcia Rossii [Les trésors d'art en Russie] 4, no. 2 (1904): 53-56, pls. 20-23. A sculpture that is probably the NGA marble is mentioned as being in an unnamed St. Petersburg private collection in E.F. Bange, Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in Anderen Metallen, Arbeiten in Perlmutter und Wachs Geschnittene Steine, vol. 2 of 4, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Berlin and Leipzig, 1923: 46. Tracey Berg-Fulton, of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, kindly brought the 1923 reference to the Gallery's attention; see her e-mail of 21 January 2015, in NGA curatorial files. [2] Gabriel Henrist, "La Collection David-Weill," L'Amour de l'Art, 1925: 14. [3] "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News 35 (27 February 1937): 12. The sculpture was exhibited by Wildenstein in 1940 as formerly part of the David-Weill collection.
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