Pair of Figure Groups: The Flute Lesson (Le Flûteur) and The Grape Eaters (Les Mangeurs de Raisins)

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Figure Groups: The Flute Lesson (Le Flûteur) and The Grape Eaters (Les Mangeurs de Raisins)

Artist/Maker(s):

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)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Sèvres, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1757 - 1766

Medium:

Soft-paste biscuit porcelain; traces of red pigment

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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A modeler at the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory based these figure groups on incidents depicted in a comic opera, La Vallée de Montmorency (The Vale of Montmorency), a popular production in Paris in 1752. François Boucher designed the costumes and stage sets for this work. The success of the opera inspired porcelain makers to produce these figure groups, The Flute Lesson and The Grape Eaters, based on Boucher's paintings of scenes from the production.

This was modeled under the direction of Etienne-Maurice Falconet.

Related Works
Provenance
- 1905

Goury de Rosland (Paris, France) [sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 29-30, 1905, no. 108]

- 1931

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.

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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.