Statuette of Blaise Pascal

Statuette of Blaise Pascal (1623- 1662) after a terracotta by Augustin Pajou (1730-1809).

Details

Medium:
White biscuit porcelain
Dimensions:
32 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £20,000)
Acquired in:
1986
Vendor:
Winifred Williams

Pascal is shown as a scientist contemplating a diagram of cycloid on his tablet, rather than as a theologian. A series of statues of Grands Hommes de France was commissioned by the Cote d'Angiviller, Directeur des Batiments du Roi, in 1776. Prior to their execution in marble, terracotta models were made and from these, versions in biscuit for sale.

Provenance

Commissioned by the Cote d'Angiviller; Palace of the Tuileries; Gouverner Morris; Mrs Anthony Walton White. Christies 1985.

Venue details

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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