Description: We offer a large library bust of the great philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, after Jean Antoine Houdon, cast by the Caproni Company in Boston Massachusetts. The plaster bust sits at 21” high, 11” wide and approximately 10” deep, with the circular Caproni stamp at the base. Rousseau is portrayed holding an empathetic gaze, with Grecian draped robes and headpiece. Item #DA00232.
PP Caproni and Brother were known for their high quality reproductions of famous sculptures, often made from casts of the original works at the Louvre, the National Museum in Athens, the Vatican and the British Museum. In 1911 the Caproni workshop housed over 4,000 different molds. This Rousseau bust was number 5454 in the 1913 Caproni catalogue and retailed for eight U.S. dollars. The original bust by Houdon was held at the Institute of France.
Condition: There is scattered surface wear to the original terra cotta colored finish, good condition overall.