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French 18th Century, after Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Louis XIV

c. 1780, before 1793
84.2 x 100 x 43.2 cm (33 1/8 x 39 3/8 x 17 in)
Possibly E. Williamson, Paris. [1] Sir Stewart Montagu Samuel [1856-1926], London. (Duveen Brothers Inc., London, New York, and Paris); sold by 1905 to George J. Gould [1864-1923], New York, and Lakewood, New Jersey; sold c. 1927 back to (Duveen Brothers Inc., London, New York, and Paris); sold 1941 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [2] gift 1943 to NGA. [1] Duveen Brothers claimed that the bust had been given by Louis XIV of France (who commissioned the original marble version) to his brother Philippe, duc d'Orléans, and that it was kept in Philippe's Château de Saint-Cloud until the residence burned in 1870. However, no such bust is cited as being at Saint-Cloud or in the royal residences by any existing guidebook or inventory. See Anne-Lise Desmas' entry in Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture, exh. cat., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2008-2009, Los Angeles, 2008: 267-269. [2] Ulrich Middeldorf, Complete Catalogue of the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Sculptures XIV-XIX Century, London, 1976: 81.
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