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Pair of Figure Groups: The Flute Lesson (Le Flûteur) and The Grape Eaters (Les Mangeurs de Raisins)
Sèvres Manufactory (French, active 1756 - present)
Modelled under the direction of Étienne-Maurice Falconet (French, 1716 - 1791)
After engraved designs of François Boucher (French, 1703 - 1770)
Sèvres, France (Place created)
about 1757 - 1766
Soft-paste biscuit porcelain; traces of red pigment
Gift of J. Paul Getty
A modeler at the Sèvres
This was modeled under the direction of Etienne-Maurice Falconet.
Goury de Rosland (Paris, France) [sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 29-30, 1905, no. 108]
Mortimer Leo Schiff, 1877 - 1931 (New York City, New York), by inheritance to his son, John M. Schiff, 1931.
1931 - 1938
John Mortimer Schiff, 1904 - 1987 [sold, Christie's, London, June 22, 1938, lot 27, to J. Paul Getty.]
1938 - 1970
J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.
Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 71, no. 158.
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Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), pp. 128-29, no. 217.
Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 9, ill.
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Coutts, Howard. The Art of Ceramics: European Ceramic Design 1500-1830 (New Haven, 2001), p. 111, fig. 133.
Droth, Martina, and Penelope Curtis, eds. Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts, exh. cat. (Leeds, Henry Moore Foundation; Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), pp. 48-51, no. 10.