French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
© artiste : public domain

d'après un modèle de
PIGALLE, Jean-Baptiste
Paris 1714 - Paris 1785

Exécutant: Sèvres, Manufacture nationale de

Mercure
Mercury

vers 1770
biscuit de Sèvres

statuette
H. 24

N° d'inv. : 48.978
Credit Line : Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

Baltimore, Maryland, The Walters Art Museum

thewalters.org

Historique

  • New York, E. F. Bonaventure
  • 1911, Baltimore, Henry Walters, par achat
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, par legs

Bibliographie

  • Museum's website, May 22, 2013

Commentaire



Museum's website, May 22, 2013:
With the emergence of neoclassicism, Sèvres began to manufacture unglazed porcelain replicas of statuary. Known as biscuit (twice cooked), the ceramic was fired in preparation of the paste and again in the shaping of the pieces. These pieces were based on the works by J.-B Pigalle. The Mercury is modeled after the life-size statue Pigalle made for Frederic II's palace, Sans Souci.