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Figure Group: Charity (la bienfaisance)
Sèvres, France (Place Created)
Hard-paste biscuit porcelain
23 × 20.3 × 16.8 cm (9 1/16 × 8 × 6 5/8 in.)
Gift of Richard Philip Proudman
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.