Description Falconet was supported by Louis XV's mistress, Mme de Pompadour, through whose influence he was put in charge of sculpture at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory at Sèvres. Although this sculpture combines the Rococo and Neo-Classical styles, Falconet also created ambitious sculptures noted for their sober Classicism, the most famous example being his heroic equestrian portrait of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg. This statuette is on a tall pedestal ornamented with swags and a Greek fret motif.
Provenance Owned by Mme. François Flameng; purchased by Jacques Seligmann through (Mme. Françoise Flameng Sale, Paris, no. 205) March 26-27, 1919; purchased by Henry Walters, New York, 1920 ; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.  Seligmann invoice nos: NY1189/P7335
Inscriptions [Number] On paper tag: no. 7635
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1920
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