Artist: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie)
Date: ca. 1867–69
Culture: French, Paris
Dimensions: confirmed: 7 5/8 × 3 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (19.4 × 8.3 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1989
Accession Number: 1989.289.2
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.