CARPEAUX, Jean-Baptiste

Valenciennes, Nord 1827 - Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine 1875

Amélie de Montfort, esquisse de femme debout

Amélie de Montfort, sketch of standing female




Dimensions (HxWxD): overall: 5 18 x 3 14 x 3 12; with socle: H. 7 1116 in.

wax seal on back of lower gown: PROPRIETE CARPEAUX
paper sticker on lower front of the gown: 358

Acc. No.: 1989.289.2

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1989

Photo credit:, May 13, 2011

© Artist : public domain


  • Until 1894, Atelier Carpeaux
  • 1894, Paris, Carpeaux's Atelier sale, lot 358 (paper sticker with the number 358 adhered to the lower front of gown identifies this piece as the study of Mademoiselle de M. sold as lot 358 in 1894 sale of Carpeaux's atelier)
  • 1987, Paris, Galerie Romane
  • 1989, London, Patricia Wengraf
  • 1989, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts


  • 1987 Paris
    Exposition de dessins de sculpteurs et de sculptures, Paris, Galerie Romane, 1987, no. 17, ill.
  • 1990 Draper
    James D. Draper, catalogue entry, "Recent acquisitions: a selection 1989-1990", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 48, Fall 1990, p. 32, ill.
  • 1991 Raggio
    Olga Raggio, "New galleries for French and Italian sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art", Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. 118, December 1991, p. 245, 248, fig. 32, ill.
  • 1991-1992 Draper
    J.D. Draper, "French terracottas", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 49, Winter 1991-1992, p. 54-55, ill.


  • 1894 Paris
    Exposition des oeuvres originales et inédites de J.-B. Carpeaux, Paris, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1894, p. 16, no. 358 (Mademoiselle de M.)

    1894 Paris
    Vente Atelier Carpeaux, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 31 May-2 June, 1894, p. 19, no. 358 (Mlle de M.)

    2014 New York
    The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 March-26 May, 2014, Curated by James D. Draper and Edouard Papet, cat. no. 152 (Impression of Amélie de Montfort)

    2014 Paris Carpeaux
    Carpeaux (1827-1875), un sculpteur pour l'Empire, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, 23 juin-28 septembre 2014, Commisssaires : Edouard Papet et James D. Draper, cat. n°


  • Museum's website, August 29, 2012:
    Carpeaux perpetuates the memory of his first glimpse of his fiancée, arranged by Empress Eugénie, no less. He has suggested costume elements, such as the bustle, and established lights and darks authoritatively in the few seconds it took him to squeeze and pinch the clay into shape.