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GEORGE WASHINGTON BUST AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE HOUDON (1741-1828)GEORGE WASHINGTON BUST AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE HOUDON (1741-1828)
Date: 1957
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Description: Fine glazed composition plaster bust of George Washington after Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828)signed on base G.Washington Houdon and on shoulder Alva Studio 1957. Houdon visited the United States in 1785 at the suggestion of Thomas Jefferson and arrived at Mount Vernon where he completed a life mask and terra cotta bust of Washington from which he made plaster copies. The original terra cotta bust was left with George and still remains at Mount Vernon. Houdon exhibited a bust of George in the Paris Salon of 1787 and 1793. Jefferson purchased a copy of this bust for Monticello. Houdon's interpretation of George Washington is considered the finest portrayal of Washington in existence. Bust is 23 inches high and 10 inches deep. It is displayed on an antique carved black marble pedestal with movable top. The pedestal is 42 3/4 inches high. Total height of the bust and pedestal is 65 1/2 inches.

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MARBLE BUST OF ANACREON LYRIC GREEK POET, 19TH C.MARBLE BUST OF ANACREON LYRIC GREEK POET, 19TH C.
Date: 19th century
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Description: Carved white marble portrait bust of Anacreon (570 BC.-488 BC.) an early Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. 19th century. The music of our national anthem, the 'Star Spangled Banner' written by Francis Scott Key, was taken from one of Anacreon's songs 'To Anacreon in Heaven'. In the 19th century a gentlemen's social and drinking club was formed in Baltimore and popularized this 18th century English drinking song. Anacreon is depicted here with tousled curls entwined with leaves and berries and with a mustache and beard of individual curling locks, denoting his wisdom and age. 18 inches high, 15 inches wide, and 11 inches deep.

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