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La Lanterne Magique

Figure Group
ca. 1757 (made), 1757 (modelled)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Figure group in biscuit porcelain of children with a peep-show, and a boy acting as a showman stands on one side of the peep-show, and a girl holding a basket of bread leans forward to look into it, whilst a little boy peers over her shoulders from behind.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Additional title<i>La Curiosité</i> (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Biscuit porcelain
Brief description
Figure group in biscuit porcelain of children with a peep-show, La Lanterne Magique, modelled by Étienne-Maurice Falconet 1757, made by Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, ca. 1757.
Physical description
Figure group in biscuit porcelain of children with a peep-show, and a boy acting as a showman stands on one side of the peep-show, and a girl holding a basket of bread leans forward to look into it, whilst a little boy peers over her shoulders from behind.
Dimensions
  • Height: 15.6cm
  • Width: 16.5cm
Marks and inscriptions
A cross above a triangle [Incised]
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
One of a pair with 414:428/A-1885 (Sch. I 822A).

One of these groups was purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from 'Small Shop London' for £3 in August 1881 and the other from Pivernau [?], London, for £1 1 shilling in September 1881

This group served as a model which was imitated by other porcelain factories in Great Britain. The group has been adapted from an engraving by Charles Nicolas Cochin (fils) entitled Foire de Campagne, after a design by François Boucher.
Production
Factory records refer to groups 414:428&A-1885 as La Curiosite and La Loterie. They are after a print derived from a tapestry design by François Boucher. The models were also copied at Doccia. Information kinldy provided by Tamara Préaud, July 2012.
Subjects depicted
Other number
Sch. I 822 - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession number
414:428-1885

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Record createdFebruary 16, 2009
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