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Late 19th Century Bisque Sculpture Psyche After Falconet
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Late 19th Century Bisque Sculpture "Psyche" After Falconet

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On a circular base, in blue porcelain and gold highlights, a biscuit statuette representing Psyche as a young girl hiding the arc of Love. This model is the counterpart of...

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On a circular base, in blue porcelain and gold highlights, a biscuit statuette featuring Psyche as a young girl hiding Cupid's arc. This model is the counterpart of "L'Amour menaçant" by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, commissioned by Madame de Pompadour and exhibited at the Salon in 1757. The original plaster of Psyche was exhibited at the Salon in 1761. Unlike its counterpart, this model has never been crafted of marble, but only of porcelain (a model in soft paste is housed in the Musée National de Sevres) or in glazed earthenware (Château de Fontainebleau). On the pedestal, the couplet of Voltaire has been changed to: "Non, pas plus que tu n'es mon maître Tu l'es, le fut ou le doit être".

 

Circa :1890

Dim: W: 6,7 in - D: 6,7in - H: 11,8in.

Dim: L:17cm, P:17cm, H:30cm.

 

Bibliography: E. Bourgeois, Le biscuit de Sèvres au XVIII° siècle, Paris, 1909, ed. Goupil, Tome II, p 9 ; L. Réau, Etienne-Maurice Falconet, 1716-1791, Paris, ed. Etienne Demotte, p 183 ;Falconet à Sèvres, 1757-1766, ou l'art de plaire, Musée national de Céramique, Sèvres, 6 novembre 2001- 4 février 2002, p 162.

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