Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (after Caffiéri), 19th century
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The bust of Franklin was offered for sale at the Pook and Pook auction house, Downingtown, PA, on Saturday, May 22, 2004, as Lot 737. Catalogue entry read "possibly by Samuel McIntyre [sic]." When questioned about the reason for the attribution, auctioneer Ronald Pook cited a carved and gilded eagle sold at Northeast Auctions March 6-7, Lot 417, which was attributed to McIntyre, and which, he felt, showed carving similar to the striations of the hair on the bust. Search for the image online revealed that the eagle feathers are carved somewhat similarly.
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