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FALCONET, Etienne-Maurice

Paris 1716 - Paris 1791

Maker: Vincennes, Manufacture de

L'Amitié

Friendship

1755

soft-paste porcelain

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): figure: 10 12 x 6 1116 x 3 12; base: 1 916 x 7 1316 x 5 916 in.

Acc. No.: 1917.957

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan

Photo credit: ph. courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • 1917, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan

Comment

  • Museum's label, October 11, 2017:
    The figure in this allegory of friendship is Madame de Pompadour. She commissioned the model in 1755 to glorify her friendship with Louis XV after their amorous relationship ended. The factory made nineteen examples, all given to Madame de Pompadour. The Museum's figure once belonged to her brother, the marquis de Marigny, Louis XV's Minister of Culture.