The present group was first modeled by Etienne-Maurice Falconet in 1757. The subject is taken from a lost painting of 1736 by François Boucher entitled La Foire de Village later engraved by Nicolas Cochin fils. For a detailed discussion of this model and a listing of public collections in which examples can be found, see Falconet à Sèvres 1757-1766 ou l'art de plaire, Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, 6 November 2001-4 February 2002, nos. 72 and 73. For other examples of the present model and its pair 'Le Tourniquet', see The Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection, Christie's, New York, 21 March 1991, lot 125; anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 11 March 1996, lot 278; and most recently Property from the Estate of Robert L. and Elise F. Burwell, Jr., Christie's, New York, 17/18 May 2005, lot 81.