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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    THREE SEVRES WHITE BISCUIT FIGURES OF 'LES ENFANTS FALCONET DEUXIEME GRANDEUR'

    CIRCA 1765, THE FIRST WITH INCISED F TO BASE

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    THREE SEVRES WHITE BISCUIT FIGURES OF 'LES ENFANTS FALCONET DEUXIEME GRANDEUR'
    CIRCA 1765, THE FIRST WITH INCISED F TO BASE
    Modelled by Falconet, comprising: 'La Petite Fille à la guitare', as a young girl dancing and playing the guitar, 'La Fille au nid', as a girl studying a pair of birds in a nest, and 'Le Tambour de basque', as a young boy playing the tambourine, each standing on a square base (the first with right foot and neck of guitar restored, the second broken and restored through tree-stump and both ankles, the third with a small chip to corner of base)
    The first 4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high (3)


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    For examples of the first two figures see Émile Bourgeois and Georges Lechevallier-Chevignard, Le Biscuit de Sèvres (n.d.), figs. 369 and 307. Each figure forms part of a group of children modelled between 1764 and 1766. For a detailed discussion of the group, see Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé, Falconet à Sèvres ou l'art de plaire 1757-1766, Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, 6th November 2001 - 4th February 2002 Exhibition Catalogue, p. 125, figs. 61b, 57, and 59 respectively.

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