Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1954
Not on view
In 1761 Madame de Pompadour bought a tableau for 600 livres, the first of this kind of porcelain pictures meant to be framed and hung on the wall like a painting. It may well have been this beautiful plaque by Dodin depicting A Resting Place of Hunters with figures in a landscape derived from a painting by the Flemish painter Carel van Falens (1683–1733). One of the most talented artists working at the Sèvres manufactory, Dodin did not work from an engraving, as was common practice, but from the painting itself which Falens had presented at the Paris Académy Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1726. Dodin was paid 96 livres for a "1 Tableau à personnages" in 1761 the discription clearly distinguished it from so-called plaques, generally intended for mounting on furniture.
Signature: Written within the outlines of one L in pale manganese: Dodin
Written above factory mark in manganese: 1761
Marking:  Crossed Ls enclosing H in blue (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1760);  K in blue (decorator's mark for Charles Nicolas Dodin)
Possibly Baron Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild ; [ Stiebel Ltd. , New York; sold for $1500 to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1954; to MMA)