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'Pendant de l'amour Falconet' and 'piédestal de l'amour'
  • Statuette
  • 'Pendant de l'amour Falconet' and 'piédestal de l'amour'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
    Nicolas-Laurent Petit (1725 - 1814), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1763
  • Sèvres soft-paste biscuit porcelain; pedestal painted and gilded
  • Total height, Height: 34.3 cm
    Statuette, Height: 23.8 cm
    Pedestal, Height: 11.8 cm
  • Incised mark: 'T 1762'
    Incised mark: 'F'
    Inscription: 'Connai / DES TEMPS / Pour l'année / MDCCLXIV / A PARIS / de (L'?) Im [prim?] erie'
    Inscription: 'tais / ont été faits / suivants les ta / bles de Mr. / CASSINI / Les ……..'
    Label: 'XX' and '257' 'XX' is inscribed; '257' is printed
  • C494
  • Study
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Biscuit wares (in porcelain that has been fired but not glazed) were introduced at Vincennes in 1751, and may have been invented by the designer Jean-Jacques Bachelier. Sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet created it especially as a pendant to Cupid in 1761 and he exhibited the plaster model at the Salon of that year. The turn of Psyche's head engages with her partner who should be placed to her left.
    The pedestal is decorated with an underglaze-blue ground, marine trophies and swags of flowers painted by N.-L. Petit, and gilding. A pedestal was designed at Sèvres to go with the biscuit figures, but the one shown here in fact belongs to a different model, probably The Bather, also by Falconet, for which the marine references would have been more appropriate.
    This Psyche and its pendant Cupid (see C493) belonged to the marquis de Courteille (Louis XV’s minister in charge of the factory) and, on his death in 1767, passed to his daughter and thence by descent, appearing in the Paris sale of the Château de Courteille in 1847, when they were sold with the wrong pedestals.