This French Sevres Porcelain Factory piece is a 1958 production of the very famous bust that was done by Jean Antoine Houdon, the pre-eminent French sculptor of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
It is a lovely bisque piece, set onto a deep blue porcelain pedestal. It has the Sevres stamp in the back of the bisque head, along with the words, Alexandre Brongniart par Houdoun 1958. The deep blue porcelain stand is lined edged in gilt. It is stamped underneath with the Sevres stamp and "Manufacture Nationale Dore a Sevres".
The details depict a spirited young man, with tousled hair and an unbuttoned shirt. Young Alexandre became a mineralogist and director of the Sèvres porcelain manufactory.
The bisque and porcelain pedestal have no visible cracks or chips. It has darkened with age to have a lovely patina. It measures: 8 1/4" tall, 5" wide at the shoulders.
It is a charming piece, with a lovely history and though not antique is still more than 50 years old. It would be lovely on a silver dresser tray or between handsome French leather bound books.
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