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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 203

    A PARIS (DIHL & GHERHARD) BISCUIT GROUP

    CIRCA 1810, AFTER THE MODEL BY CHARLES GABRIEL SAUVAGE CALLED LEMIRE

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    A PARIS (DIHL & GHERHARD) BISCUIT GROUP
    CIRCA 1810, AFTER THE MODEL BY CHARLES GABRIEL SAUVAGE CALLED LEMIRE
    Modeled in the round with a peasant girl sitting contemplatively on a stone wall behind the town fountain, a spindle in the crook of her arm, a young boy filling a canteen at the fountain behind, his tambourine and a recorder suspended from the tree stump at the left, a little girl sitting with her back against the stone wall at the right playing with the garland surrounding the crown of her straw hat
    15 in. (38 cm.) high


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    Variously titled La Fileuse or La Fontaine, the present biscuit sculpture was modeled for Guerhard et Dihl by Charles Gabriel Sauvage, called Lemire (1741-1827). Previously employed for twenty years at the Niderviller factory, as of his arrival in Paris in 1806, he supplied numerous models in the neo-classic style popular at the time to the Guerhard and Dihl factory.

    For a discussion of the factory and his contribution, see Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, "La Manufacture de Porcelain de Guerhard et Dihl dite du Duc D'Angoulême", The French Porcelain Society (Transactions), No. IV, 1988, p. 12-19, the present model illustrated.

    Provenance

    The Collection of Robert Couturier; Sotheby's, New York, 27 March 1993, lot 181.