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The Flute Lesson

Vincennes Manufactory (French, ca. 1740–1756)
After a painting by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
ca. 1752
French, Vincennes
Soft-paste porcelain
Overall: 10 5/8 × 8 7/16 × 6 3/8 in. (27 × 21.4 × 16.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1954
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
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: Unmarked
Gilbert Lévy , Paris ; [ James A. Lewis and Son, Inc. , New York, before 1954; sold for $3,500 to Mr. Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1954; to MMA)
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