Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784)
After a print by René Gaillard (French, ca. 1719–1790 Paris)
After a painting by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Overall (confirmed): 23 1/4 × 12 5/16 × 9 in., 15.8 lb. (59.1 × 31.3 × 22.9 cm, 7.1 kg)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1970
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.
The decoration is based on Boucher's painting L'Agreable Lecon known through the engraving by Rene Gaillard (ca. 1719–1790).
Marking: In maroon on underside of .1a: Anchor (Chelsea factory mark)
[ sale, Nicholas Sprimont's last sale of Chelsea porcelain, Christie's , February 17, 1770, lot 60 ] ; Hon. Peter John Locke King, MP ; William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (sale, Christie's, May 21, 1886, lot 200) ; [ sale, Fine English Porcelain, Sotheby's, London , November 26, 1963, lot 68 ] ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1970; to MMA)