This relief and its companion (62.213.2) are pared-down versions of two of the terracotta reliefs Clodion exhibited at the Salon of 1779 representing Music, Architecture, Astronomy, and Painting (believed to be the set of four in the Musée Henry, Cherbourg). These reliefs appear to have served as the models for architectural reliefs for the Hôtel d'Osmond, Paris.
Signature: Inscribed at right under sheet of music: Clodion
Inscription: Paper attached to back, written in ink on left margin: Vente Marius Paulme/ 15 mai 1929/ 90,000/ over/ 125,000 (page from Marius Paulme sale catalogue)
possibly Dulac (until 1801; sale, Paris, April 6, 1801, no. 161) ; possibly Poterlet (until 1840; sale, Paris, December 7–9, 1840, no. 231) ; Marius Paulme (until 1929; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 15, 1929, nos. 279-280); Mrs. Barbara Lowe Fallass (until 1962; to MMA)