The Wallace Collection

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Enfants bougeoirs
  • Two Children Supporting Candle Sockets
  • Enfants bougeoirs
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1773
  • Hard-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Figure and pedestal, C482, Height: 24 cm
    Figure, C482, Height: 22.1 cm
    Pedestal, C482, Object size: 4 x 11.3 cm
    Figure and pedestal, C483, Height: 22.1 cm
    Figure, C483, Height: 17.9 cm
    Pedestal, C483, Object size: 4.2 x 11.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls, surmounted by a crown for hard-paste, enclosing 'u' the date letter for 1773 on C482 Painted in grey, (possibly remnants of gilding)
    Incised mark: 'AP' for the répareur Alexis Pépin
    Mark: 'H' and a fleur de lis
  • C482-3
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • These decorative child figures would have served as candlesticks: one child holds an urn-shaped candle socket (C482), while the other holds a cornucopia with a shallow recess on the top (C483). Both figures are covered in gilding, which was applied directly to the unglazed biscuit ground, and are placed on a small pedestal.
    They are early examples of hard-paste porcelain biscuit figures, probably made at an experimental stage, and using earlier forms to try out the new material (they seem to derive from Jean-Jacques Bachelier's figures for Louis XV's first dinner service in the 1750s). The fact that they are gilded suggests that there was a problem obtaining the whiteness of the previous soft-paste figures and the was used to conceal imperfections. Gilding directly onto the biscuitware was also an experimental process at this date and may have been influenced by works of Wedgwood, advertised in Paris in 1771.