Life and training of embroiderers, £8.99
Height: 36.100 cm
Bequeathed by Sir Bernard Eckstein, Bt.
Room 46: Europe 1400-1800
Porcelain group of Pygmalion and Galatea
Sèvres factory, Sèvres, France, about AD 1764-73
The Sèvres model exists in two sizes, of which this example is the smaller. It was made in moulds in seventeen different parts. The factory records show that a number of modellers worked on this group; it is thought that the incised 'B' on the top of the base stands for Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724-1806), who was in charge of the sculpture workshop from 1751-57 and 1766-73. Only ten examples of this group were made between 1765 and 1770, and appear to have been sold singly to well-known merchants.
A. Dawson, A catalogue of French porcelai, revised paperback edition (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)