CORDIER, Charles

Cambrai, Nord 1827 - Algiers, Algeria 1905

Identified by Florence Rionnet, 2001.

Maker: Caproni

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 14 x 4 14 x 3 14 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

© Artist:


  • 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.

Related works

  • Paris, musée d'Orsay, plaster mask, RF 4621.
    Bronze copies.