Pair of decorative bronzes with the figures of L'Etude and La Philosophie

Object Details

Title:

Pair of decorative bronzes with the figures of L'Etude and La Philosophie

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (French, 1751 - 1843, master 1772)
after models by Louis-Simon Boizot (French, 1743 - 1809)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1780–1785

Medium:

Gilt and patinated bronze

Object Number:

88.SB.113

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The reading female represents an allegory of Study, while her male companion who writes on a tablet is Philosophy. These purely decorative objects copy the form of ancient oil lamps, but they were not actually functional.

In 1780 the sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot sold models for these figures to the Sèvres porcelain manufactory, which produced them in unglazed white porcelain until 1786. The bronze chaser Pierre-Philippe Thomire mounted many pieces of the porcelain sold by the factory and therefore could have obtained Boizot's models for these bronze pieces through this close connection.

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