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'L'amour Falconet' and 'piédestal de l'amour'
  • Cupid on a Pedestal
  • 'L'amour Falconet' and 'piédestal de l'amour'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1761 - 1763
  • Soft-paste porcelain, unglazed biscuit figure and painted and gilded pedestal
  • Statuette, Height: 22.8 cm
    Pedestal, Height: 7.5 cm
  • Incised mark: 'F'
    Inscription: 'OMNIA VINCIT AMOR.' 'Love conquers all'
  • C492
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • This sculpture is in so-called biscuit porcelain, porcelain that has been fired but not glazed and therefore has a matte, marble-like finish. Introduced at Vincennes in 1751, such small, decorative biscuit sculptures were often used as the centrepiece on an elaborately set up dinder table where they replaced less durable sugar sculptures.

    This design, a favourite at Sèvres, is based on a famous sculpture by Étienne-Maurice Falconet (op. 1757-66), known as L’amour Falconet. The marble version, made for Madame de Pompadour, was exhibited in 1757, one year before the design was reproduced at Sèvres.
    The pedestal bears an inscription from the Roman poet Virgil’s Eclogues, OMNIA VINCIT AMOR (Love conquers all).