Charles Gabriel Sauvage, known as Lemire (1741-1827), was a French sculptor who worked as artistic director and chief modeller at the Niderviller porcelain factory from 1781. Around the turn of the century he entered into business relations with Christophe Dihl, supplying him with a number of sculptures for production in biscuit porcelain which were intended to rival those being made at Sèvres.
A porcelain plaque with a portrait of Dihl by Etienne Charles Le Guay in the Musée national de Céramique at Sèvres is illustrated right. In the portrait, dated 1797, Dihl is seated among the necessary materials to produce fine porcelain, and on the top of his desk is a selection of three choice objects from the manufactory, including the biscuit porcelain figure of a reading child and a simulated agate vase. Versions of the pair were also made in bronze and marble.
For an illustration of this model of a reading boy together with his writing companion, see Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Faïence et Porcelaine de Paris XVIIIe - XIXe Siècles, Dijon, 1995, p. 97, no. 64. An example of the reading boy, together with his companion, both on biscuit bases were sold by Christie's in Paris on 17 December 2003, lot 141. Another was sold by Christie's in Monte Carlo on 3 December 1989, lot 30, and a third example of the reading boy is in the Palace of Arkhangelskoye, Russia.