We wanted to identify the model of this bust either with Alexandrine d' Etiolles, daughter of the Marquise de Pompadour, or with the daughter of the painter De Troy, or with the young Catherine Hallé, child of the painter of this name.
None of these hypotheses seems acceptable, but it is certain that the bust was famous as early as the 18th century: Boucher, among others, used it as a symbol of sculpture in several compositions; it was proposed, in the form of an engraved plate, as a study for young artists and numerous versions or replicas testify to its success.
It is possible that he was executed by Jacques François Saly during his brief stay in Paris, back from the Académie de France in Rome, and before his departure for Denmark (1753) where he made most of his career. Relatively little known in France, this sculptor is indeed one of the outstanding figures of the influence of French art abroad in the eighteenth century.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 46 cm.
Width: 22 cm.
Depth: 21 cm.
weight: 8,2 kg.
Artistic current: XVIIIth century
Artist: Jacques François Saly (1717-1776)
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum