This porcelain bisque statue depicts a young woman in a ball gown, holding a mask and a fan, in 18th century taste. She is wearing an elegant dress "à la française", with a richly decorated stomach piece, a large skirt and a coat dress tied at the waist. The sleeves are ornamented with delicate lace ruffles. A collar complete this charming outfit. The figurine rests on a circular base decorated with palmettes and flutes. Signed on the base: "PAUL DUBOY". Green manufactory mark underneath. The details of the bodice, lace sleeves and hair are beautifully carved.
Dim: W: 4,5 in - D: 4,5in - H: 13,6in.
Dim: L:11,5cm, P:11,5cm, H:34,5cm.
In overall good condition, a finger was restored.
Paul Duboy (1830-1887) was a French sculptor active in the second half of the 19th century. He entered the École des beaux-arts in 1849 and studied with Geckter and C. Elshoecht. He exhibited at the Salon from 1853 to 1882 several medallions in plaster and bronze.
Emmanuel Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintre, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. Tome II D-K, Paris, Grund, 1939, p. 152.