This model of Cupid by Falconet was exhibited at the Salon in 1755 and the marble two years later in 1757: 130 une figure de marbre qui représent un amour. Elle appartient à Madame la marquise de Pompadour. The plaster model for Innocence was exhibited in 1761. Modelled in biscuit by the Sèvres Manufactory, the two figures remained popular up until the end of the 18th century. Although the fondeur for the figures is unknown, the candelabra branches have been convincingly attributed to François Rémond by Christian Baulez.
THE ATTRIBUTION TO FRANÇOIS RÉMOND
Both Christian Baulez and Peter Hughes attribute this model to François Rémond and date it to 1785, on the basis of the twisted branches typical of the production of this ciseleur-doreur. They could also be the result of a collaboration between several bronziers under the orders of the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre. It is interesting to note that a pair of candelabra of this model was sold by Daguerre at Christie's in London on 25 March 1791, lot 53.
Candelabra recorded of this model include:
-those sold by the dealer Daguerre at Christie's, London, 25 March 1791, lot 53.
-those almost certainly supplied by Daguerre to the 1st Earl of Harewood or Edward, Viscount Lascelles for Harewood House, Hanover Square, or for Harewood House, Yorkshire and now at Harewood.
-those also probably supplied by Daguerre to Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Earl of Bradford for Weston Park, Shropshire.
-those from the Beresford-Hope Collection, sold Christie's, London, 12-14 May, 1886, lot 387.
-those from the Earl of Essex, Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire, sold Christie's, London, 12 June 1922, lot 283 (differences in the branches).
-those in the M.W.B Collection, sold Paris, 29 November 1935, lot 103.
those sold anonymously at Sotheby's, Monaco, 25-26 June 1987, lot 214.
-and those in the Wallace Collection, London (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, Vol. III, no. 251, F140-141.