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(vers 1790-1850)

Author : Saget (vers 1790-1850)
Size :Height: 32.68 Inches Witdh: 23.62 Inches Depth: 14.17 Inches

More detail :
« Montesquieu Portrait »
(chat de la Brède, Bordelais, 1689 - Paris, 1755)
Plaster bust, signed “Saget”.
Other view:

This bust is the work of the sculptor “Saget”. As a High-calibre craftsman, he made a medallion and a bust bearing the effigy of the royal family. Independent artist, working in Paris under the reign of Louis Philippe, it seems that Saget didn’t receive official orders. He presented his art pieces at the 1834 and 1838 exhibitions. In 1834, Saget exhibited the plaster bust of his majesty the Duke of Orleans and in 1836 a plaster medallion of the King as well as a statue of Saint Sébastien as a Martyr in 1837..

This plaster bust showing Montesquieu is probably the result of a private order. It was made after the model of a marble piece made by Jean-Baptiste Lemoine (1704-1778) which is exposed at the Decorative art museum in Bordeaux.

The intensity of the expression is caught with great accuracy by Saget and the plaster model could be dated in the first part of the “Restauration period”.

Montesquieu wanted for France a constitutional monarchy which was established since 1814 and it is probable that the return to the monarchy favoured the order of this retrospective portrait.

Augustins Museum in Toulouse preserves the plaster bust of General d’Armagnac, signed Saget which entered there in 1858.

Catalogue of the Toulouse Museum N°911 (catalogue N° 887,1865)

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