First modelled by de Fernex, after Boucher, in 1754, it may have been intended as a pendant to 'Le Batteur en Granges' first modelled by Suzanne the following year.
See Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection, Christie's New York, 21/22 March 1991, lot 115; and Svend Eriksen, The David Collection French Porcelain, Coppenhagen, 1980, pl. 66. for similar examples of the present model. See also Emile Bourgeois and Georges Lechevallier- Chevignard, Le Biscuit de Sèvres, I, Receuil de Modeles de la Manufacture de Sèvres au XVIIIe siecle, fig. 103 and Ruth Berges, Collector's Choice, New York, 1967, pl. 248.