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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    TWO SEVRES WHITE BISCUIT FIGURES OF 'LA PETITE FILLE AU TABLIER' AND 'LE JEUNE SUPPLIANT'

    CIRCA 1755-60, INDISTINCT INCISED MARK TO UNDERSIDE OF BASE OF FIRST, INCISED F TO BASE OF SECOND

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    TWO SEVRES WHITE BISCUIT FIGURES OF 'LA PETITE FILLE AU TABLIER' AND 'LE JEUNE SUPPLIANT'
    CIRCA 1755-60, INDISTINCT INCISED MARK TO UNDERSIDE OF BASE OF FIRST, INCISED F TO BASE OF SECOND
    Each Modelled by Blondeau, she wearing a headscarf, holding bunches of grapes and fruit in her apron, standing barefoot beside a tree-stump on a grassy rockwork base (repaired firing crack through base and further small firing cracks to apron near right hand, skirt and tree-stump, small flat chip to reverse of base), he leaning slightly forward and to his right, with his hands clasped together, a basket of flowers on grassy rockwork beside him, standing barefoot on the rocky base (minor chipping to flowers and leaves in basket)
    She 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high, he 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high (2)


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    These figures were first modelled by Pierre Blondeau in 1752, after François Boucher and conceived as a pair. Boucher's drawing for Le jeune suppliant is still at Sèvres, and the reverse is inscribed 'dessein de m. Boucher apartenant à la Manufacture de Vincennes, ce 23 aoust 1749'. For illustrations and a discussion of these models, see Tamara Préaud and Antoine d'Albis, La Porcelaine de Vincennes (Paris, 1991), pp. 172-3, no. 176. Also see Émile Bourgeois and Georges Lechevallier-Chevignard, Le Biscuit de Sèvres (n.d.), nos. 362 and 494 for similar figures. Another similar pair from the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection (Part I) was sold by Christie's New York on 21st March 1991, lot 108; and a figure of La Petite Fille au Tablier was sold in these Rooms on 11th December 2000, lot 393.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ROAMA SPEARS