Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Magic Lantern

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Modeler:
After a model by Étienne-Maurice Falconet (French, Paris 1716–1791 Paris)
Artist:
Based on a design by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste biscuit porcelain
Dimensions:
6 1/8 × 7 in. (15.6 × 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Bequest of Ella Morris de Peyster, 1957
Accession Number:
58.60.10
Not on view
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 back of base: F (approval mark of Falconet as head of sculpture studio)
Ella Morris de Peyster (until 1958; bequeathed to MMA)
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