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Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
French, Sèvres
Hard-paste porcelain
Diameter: 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1981
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
The portraits are of the seventeenth-century dramatist Molière (1981.223.1) and the eighteenth-century painter Greuze.
Inscription: Written in medallion on front in violet: JEAN BAPTISTE GREUZE.; written in script on back in black: Greuze (Jean Baptiste) Peintre, /né à Tournus près Macon /1726.

Marking: Printed in blue on underside: [1] SÈVRES./33 below a six-pointed star, in a circle; painted in violet on underside: [2] Script M.; painted in gold on underside: [3] D M.; printed in light orange-red on underside: [4] CHATEAU/DE/COMPIEGNE, a royal crown above, in a circle with serrated edge; written in iron red, almost obliterated: [5] mark; incised on underside: [6] various marks
[ Armin B. Allen , New York, until 1981; sold as a pair with 1981.223.1 to MMA ]
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