Figure Group: Charity (la bienfaisance)

Object Details

Title:

Figure Group: Charity (la bienfaisance)

Artist/Maker:

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1756 - present)
Model by Louis-Simon Boizot (French, 1743 - 1809)

Culture:

French

Place:

Sèvres, France (Place created)

Date:

1785

Medium:

Hard-paste biscuit porcelain

Object Number:

96.DE.343

Dimensions:

23 × 20.3 cm (9 1/16 × 8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Richard Philip Proudman

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This personification of Charity appropriately distributes purses of alms to a destitute woman and her two naked children. Porcelain sculptures depicting such moralizing subjects were popular during the late 1700s, and the Sèvres porcelain manufactory sold many of them. Wealthy Europeans often used these small figural groups to adorn their dining tables.