- Museum number
- Object: Pendant de l'amour Falconet
Figure; soft-paste biscuit porcelain; hollow, press-moulded; Nymph (Psyche?) seated on a rock resting on a circular base, over the edge of which her right foot projects; she is holding a bow with both hands at her right side; no marks.
- Production date
Height: 23.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
In Dauterman 1970, no.119, A, B, p.293, erroneously described as fitted with a plinth of glazed and decorated Sévres porcelain.
See also 1948,1203.37
Modelled by Etienne-Maurice Falconet in 1761 and created for the factory as a pendant to ‘Cupid’ (reg. no. 1948,1203.37). According to Dauterman¹ a plaster cast of the subject was listed in the catalogue of the ‘Salon’ of 1761. In a copy of the catalogue kept at the Bibliothèque nationale, Gabriel de Saint-Aubin wrote “non veue au Sallon mais executée à Sèvre”.
The figure is fully discussed by Savill.² Only one size was made. As the ‘travaux extraordinaires’ or records of overtime worked by sculptors and repairers do not survive in the factory archive, the names of those who first worked on the figure are unknown. The first sale recorded shows that one was sold with a matching Cupid to the duc de Choiseul on 24 July 1761 for 96 livres, the same price as the Cupid in the 1760s.³ This example was made between 1761 and 1801/2 (Revolutionary year X) when it went out of production until the 1850s.⁴
1. Dauterman, 1970, p. 293.
2. Savill, 1988, II, pp. 823-4.
3. Ibid., p. 824 for details of prices.
4. The author is grateful to Tamara Préaud for this information.
Literature: King, William, The Eckstein Bequest of European Ceramics, ‘British Museum Quarterly’, XVI, 1951, p. 80; Wilfred J. Sainsbury, More about Sèvres Soft Paste Biscuit,
‘Apollo Miscellany’, 1951, p. 37; Savage, George, ‘Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Porcelain’, London, 1960, pl. 71b; Dauterman, Cark C., ‘The Wrightsman Collection, Vol. IV, Porcelain’, New York, 1970, no. 119, A, B, p. 293, erroneously described as fitted with a plinth of glazed and decorated Sèvres porcelain.
Bibliography: Bourgeois, Emile and Lechevallier-Chevignard, Georges, ‘Le Biscuit de Sèvres – recuil des modèles de la manufacture de Sèvres au XVIII (18) siècles’, Paris, n.d. (1913), pl. 9, no. 467.
Comparable Examples: London, Wallace Collection, see Savill, Rosalind, ‘The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London’, London, 1988, II, pp. 823-4. Numerous examples exist.
- Not on display
- Right foot partly restored.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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