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A VINCENNES FIGURE OF 'LA PETITE FILLE À LA CAGE' OR 'LA DOULEUR DE BABETTE'

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A VINCENNES FIGURE OF 'LA PETITE FILLE À LA CAGE' OR 'LA DOULEUR DE BABETTE'
Circa 1754

Standing holding an open birdcage and lifting up her apron with her right hand, her left hand raised to her mouth, a tree-stump and a pumpkin on the ground behind her (hairline crack around waist, chip to base, other very minor chips and firing cracks), incised C.N.(?) to the interior
8 5/8in. (22cm.) high

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First modelled by Blondeau, after Boucher, in 1752

Cf.Émile Bourgeois, op. cit., fig. 493; Ruth Berges, 'Soft Paste Biscuit Figures from Vincennes and Sèvres', The Connoisseur, November 1967, pl. 1, p. 194. See also Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé and Tamara Préaud, op. cit., p.178, for a discussion of the derivation of the figure from a character in La Vallée de Montmorency

A similar example from the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection was sold in our New York Rooms, 21 March 1991, lot 131
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