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Figure group - <i>La Lanterne Magique</i>
  • La Lanterne Magique
    Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791
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La Lanterne Magique

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Sèvres (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1757 (made)
    1757 (modelled)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Biscuit porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:428-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case X, shelf 2

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.

Place of Origin

Sèvres (made)

Date

ca. 1757 (made)
1757 (modelled)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Biscuit porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

A cross above a triangle [Incised]

Dimensions

Height: 15.6 cm, Width: 16.5 cm

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

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.

Production Note

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.

Materials

Biscuit

Subjects depicted

Boys; Girl; Magic lanterns

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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