French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
artist © : public domain

after a model by
BOIZOT, Louis-Simon
Paris 1743 - Paris 1809

Maker: Thomire, Pierre-Philippe

Lampe avec une figure allégorique de la Philosophie
Lamp with an Allegorical Figure of Philosophy

c. 1780-1785
gilt and patinated bronze

type: other
13 x 14 x 4 5/8

Acc. No. : 88.SB.113.2
Credit Line : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, The J. Paul Getty Museum


  • Museum's website, accessed 22 March 2012 and August 3, 2018
  • 1997 Fusco
    Peter Fusco, Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997, p. 7, repr.


Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire, after models by Louis-Simon Boizot.

Museum's website, accessed August 3, 2018:
The reading female represents an allegory of Study, while her male companion who writes on a tablet is Philosophy. These purely decorative objects copy the form of ancient oil lamps, but they were not actually functional.
In 1780 the sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot sold models for these figures to the Sèvres porcelain manufactory, which produced them in unglazed white porcelain until 1786. The bronze chaser Pierre-Philippe Thomire mounted many pieces of the porcelain sold by the factory and therefore could have obtained Boizot's models for these bronze pieces through this close connection.