Cf. the similar example illustrated by Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan (1966), p. 230, no. 949, and Len and Yvonne Adams, Meissen Portrait Figures (London, 1987), p. 109 and the dated example (inscribed CFK 1756) sold by our Geneva Rooms on 13th May 1985, lot 110, which is probably the only recorded dated Cris de Paris figure (the graphic source, a drawing by Christophe Hüet, is also illustrated).
The Cris de Paris series was begun in 1753 and was the most extensive series produced at the factory. The majority of the characters were derived from the drawings by Christophe Hüet (still in the possession of the Meissen factory), but some were also derived from engravings by Boucher and drawings by Watteau. Kändler had commissioned Hüet to execute a series of drawings (to form the basis of the Cris de Paris series) as a result of his visit to Hüet's brother, J. Hüet, the leading Meissen dealer in Paris at the time. Each drawing is numbered and the type of character depicted is named.
This figure was derived from drawing no. 24 by Christophe Hüet.