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Pair of Figure Groups: The Flute Lesson and The Grape Eaters
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Gift of J. Paul Getty

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory; after engraved designs by François Boucher, designer
French, Sèvres, about 1757 - 1766
Soft-paste biscuit porcelain

70.DE.98

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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.


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Front, Grape Eaters
Front, Grape Eaters

Back, Flute Lesson
Back, Flute Lesson

Back, Grape Eaters
Back, Grape Eaters