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Figure - Psyche
  • Psyche
    Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791
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Psyche

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1773-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791 (modeller)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Apparently hard-paste porcelain on a porcelain stand painted in enamel colours

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Arthur Russell Johnson

  • Museum number:

    C.125B&C-1965

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case X, shelf 3 []

Physical description

Base inscribed: 'Sans toi tout homme est seul'

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1773-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791 (modeller)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Apparently hard-paste porcelain on a porcelain stand painted in enamel colours

Marks and inscriptions

Interlaced 'L's in gold on stand

a fleur de lys (?) in green enamel for Taillandier (?)

'LG' in gold on the stand for Le Guay CHECK MARK

'Bo' (incised) indicating the period (1773-1780) when Boizot was Chef de l'atelier at Sèvres

Object history note

Apparently hard-paste porcelain (suggesting that it was a replacement, or that the pair was made up from stock) on a porcelain stand painted in enamel colours

Descriptive line

Porcelain figure of Psyche, modelled by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, made by Sèvres porcelain factory, France, 1773-1780

Production Note

Modelled as the pair to L'Amour menaçant. Unlike the latter, this figure was not based on a marble sculptuer, although a plaster model of this subject was exhibited at the Salon in 1761. See Falconet a Sevres exhibition catalogue, Musee de Sevres, 2001, cat 92A, where the example exhibited is dated 1757-1766.

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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