French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
© artiste : public domain

d'après un modèle de
BOIZOT, Louis-Simon
Paris 1743 - Paris 1809

Exécutant: Thomire, Pierre-Philippe

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

vers 1780-1785
bronze patiné et doré

désignation : autre
33 x 35,6 x 11,8

N° d'inv. : 88.SB.113.2
Credit Line : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, The J. Paul Getty Museum

www.getty.edu/museum

Bibliographie

  • 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.

Commentaire

Attribués à Pierre-Philippe Thomire, d'après des modèles de 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.