Cambrai, Nord 1827 - Algiers, Algeria 1905
Identified by Florence Rionnet, 2001.
Masque de la Vénus africaine
Mask of the African Venus
late 19th century cast from a 1851 model
plaster cast made by Caproni
Dimensions (HxWxD): 5 1⁄4 x 4 1⁄4 x 3 1⁄4 in.
Photo credit: Detail, Daniel Chester French working on the portrait bust of Ambrose Swasey in the Chesterwood studio, 1922. Chapin Library, Williams College, Gift of the National Trust for Historic Preservation / Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, NT 73.45.5210
- bought by the American sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) from P.P. Caproni (Italian plaster casts founder) in Boston to be used as model for the head of the Allegory of Africa at the Custom House in New York (1899-1907)
- remained in French's studio in Chesterwood
- 2004 Durand-Révillon and Margerie
Jeannine Durand-Révillon and Laure de Margerie, "Catalogue raisonné", in Facing the Other, Charles Cordier (1827-1905), Ethnographic Sculptor, New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2004, p. 221, no. 609, repr.
- Paris, musée d'Orsay, plaster mask, RF 4621.