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In conjunction with the exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (on view October 3, 2012–January 6, 2013), Jennifer Montagu, Honorary Fellow, The Warburg Institute, London University, outlines the history of bozzetti, modelli, and copies by various sculptors, including Bernini. Preliminary models were used by sculptors to sketch their designs, but sometimes, artists used the work of assistants or even other artists in order to create their full-scale sculptures.
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Wine-bottle cooler (Seau à bouteille)
Wine cooler (Seau à demi-bouteille) (one of a pair)
Vase (Vase le boitteux)
Vase (Urne Duplessis)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 529
These two wine coolers were part of a large dinner service purchase by Louis XV, who was both a financial backer and a major patron of the Vincennes factory, which later moved to large quarters at Sèvres in 1756.
Marking:  Crossed L's with dot above, below, and center, and dot flanked by adorsated comma shapes below upper crossing of L's (in underglaze blue, on underside)
 500 (in red, on underside)
Louis XV, King of France ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman (until 1970; to MMA)
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