A SÈVRES GROUP OF 'L'ORACLE'

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A SÈVRES GROUP OF 'L'ORACLE'
Circa 1766

Modelled as a lady seated on a stool knotting the cravat of her companion crouching at her feet, a basket of flowers on the floor beside her (damages to flowers, ribbons, repairs through his wrists, other minor chips), incised script B
5in. (12.7cm.) wide

Lot Essay

First modelled by Falconet in 1766

Cf. Émile Bourgeois, op. cit., fig. 481, and Ruth Berges, op. cit., Collector's Choice, New York 1967, pl. 260. See also the example from the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection, sold in our New York Rooms, 21 March 1991, lot 146, where it is noted in the catalogue that this group represents the Duc de Nivernais and Madame de Pompadour in the rôles of Alcindor and Lucinda in the play L'Oracle, which was first performed before Louis XV in 1748
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