Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Shepherdess of the Alps (La Bergère des Alpes)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Modeler:
Étienne-Maurice Falconet (French, Paris 1716–1791 Paris)
Date:
1766–73
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste biscuit porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1952
Accession Number:
52.2.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 616
Works of art by the French artist François Boucher (1703–1770), who held the prestigious title of first painter to the king, served as a highly popular source of inspiration for artists working in a variety of media in the middle decades of the eighteenth century. Prints made after paintings by Boucher were widely circulated and provided artists with compositions that could be faithfully reproduced in smaller scale or adapted to three-dimensional porcelain sculpture. Works by Boucher served as the source not only for the painted scenes on vases and snuffboxes, but also for the porcelain figures which were listed as "Enfants Boucher" (Boucher Children) in the factory’s sales ledgers.
Marking: Incised on top of base: [1] Script B (approval mark of J.J. Bachelier, who was director of the sculpture studio 1766–73); incised behind lamb: [2] N
[ James A. Lewis ; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1952; to MMA)
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