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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 5

    A SEVRES WHITE BISCUIT GROUP OF 'LA FETE AU CHATEAU' OR 'LA FIDELITE'

    CIRCA 1766, INCISED O TO UNDERSIDE AND B BESIDE HER SKIRT HEM

    Price Realised  

    A SEVRES WHITE BISCUIT GROUP OF 'LA FETE AU CHATEAU' OR 'LA FIDELITE'
    CIRCA 1766, INCISED O TO UNDERSIDE AND B BESIDE HER SKIRT HEM
    Modelled by Bachelier as a youth bending over a seated girl, holding her left hand, her right hand resting on a vases of roses and his hat at their feet, on a tree-stump mound base applied with flowers (her right fingers restored replacements, slight chipping to flowers, leaves and one shoe bow)
    8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high


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    This group is inspired by two characters in Charles Simeon Favart's play la Fête au château, which was a story of the convalescence of the daughter of Mme de Mauconseil. It was first performed at La villa de Bagatelle and became so popular that it was performed four times at Versailles and once at the Trianon. The group represents the scene when the gardener Jacquot rediscovers his lover Colette. It forms a pendant with 'La Fée Urgèle' (see the following lot), and the first biscuit figure was sold for 144 livres.

    See Falconet à Sèvres 1757-1766 Musée National de Céramique Sèvres November 2001 - February 2002 Exhibition Catalogue (Paris, 2001), pp. 156-157, no. 87a and b for another example and the terracotta original. An example from the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection (Part I) was sold by Christie's New York on 21st March 1991, lot 144.

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