- Museum number
Group of Seated Gallant with a Basket of Flowers and Companion; soft-paste porcelain with a lead-glaze; the female figure press-moulded, hollow base; the young man, legs half-crossed and barefoot, sits on a scroll base, a basket of flowers held on his knees in his left hand; his right rests on the girl's skirt; he wears a hat, long jacket with short sleeves over a long-sleeved shirt, and breeches; at his side, but looking the other way, sits a young girl in a low-cut long dress with a tight bodice wearing a hat but no shoes; her right arm raised; in her left hand a few flowers, more on her lap and some in her corsage; no marks.
- Production date
- 1770 (circa)
Height: 24.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from A. Dawson, French Porcelain, A catalogue of the British Museum Collection, London, 1994:
The modelling of this group, with its distinctive scroll base, shares the same characteristic as the seated figure groups signed LOUIS and Pierrerenau (cat. nos. 198 and 199): the two figures look in opposite directions rather than at each other as one might expect. However the porcelain is quite different; it is much creamier in tone, and is evidently far more plastic. In the absence of any clear evidence of the origin of this group, a tentative attribution to Orléans is suggested.
it is just possible that the watch stand cat. 82 may belong to this class of figures and groups.
- Not on display
- Girl's left leg missing, right foot chipped, right hand restored, chip on back of skirt; finger of boy's left hand and his left foot chipped.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number