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Figure - A Bather
  • A Bather
    Falconet, Étienne-Maurice, born 1716 - died 1791
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A Bather

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1758/1766-ca. 1773 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Biscuit porcelain

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 4 []

Physical description

Figure of a female bather, biscuit porcelain.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1758/1766-ca. 1773 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Biscuit porcelain


Height: 36.5 cm whole, Depth: 14.5 cm whole, Width: 13.5 cm whole

Object history note

Purchased from the Barker Collection.
Acquisition type: Purchase

Descriptive line

Figure of a bather, biscuit porcelain, modelled by Étienne-Maurice Falconet at Sèvres porcelain factory, France, about 1766-1773

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

S. S+Ericksen & G. de Bellaigue, Sèvres Porcelain, 1987, pp. 314 and pl. 127.
Bückling, Maraike eds. Gefährliche Liebschaften: Die Kunst des Französischen Rokoko. Hirmer: Munich, 2015. ISBN 9783941399549.
p. 63

Production Note

A reduced version of a large marble sculpture made by Falconet in 1757 and now in the Louvre. According to S. Ericksen and G. de Bellaigue, the model and first mould of the Sèvres biscuit figure were made in the course of 1758, and production started in the same year during which five examples were sold at 144 livres each. Compare also example in Falconet à Sèvres, Musee de Sèvres, 2001, cat 95b, which is dated 1766-1773.



Subjects depicted

Bathers; Women; Nudes; Classicism


Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Sculpture


Ceramics Collection

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