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PIGALLE, Jean-Baptiste

Paris 1714 - Paris 1785

Maker: Sèvres, Manufacture nationale de

Louis XV en empereur romain

Louis XV

c. 1765, base c. 1770-1780

soft-paste porcelain

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 8 116 x 7 x 5 516; base: H. 1 34 x diam. 8 38 in.

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Acc. No.: 1917.958

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan

Photo credit: ph. courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • possibly marquis de Marigny, c. 1770-1781
  • 1906, Paris, Léon André
  • 1917, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan

Bibliography

  • 2000 Roth and Le Corbeiller
    Linda H. Roth and Clare Le Corbeiller, French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum, The J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, Wadsworth Atheneum, 2000, no. 177 (figure c. 1770), p. 356-360

Related works

  • Large-scale marble statue that was part of a larger monument unveiled in the Place Royale, Reims, on 26 August 1765; destroyed in 1792.
    Other copies of this biscuit:
    - Londres, British Museum
    - Paris, Musée du Louvre, inv. OA 10976
    - Sèvres, Musée national de la Céramique.

Comment

  • Museum's label, October 11, 2017:
    This porcelain figure was originally designed for an elaborate table decoration for the 1770 marriage celebration of the future Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. The base was made to match that of Friendship [by Falconet], and was perhaps commissioned by Madame de Pompadour's brother, the marquis de Marigny.