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The two figures, a man and a woman, are seated on grassy mounds. They have the large heads and small hands and feet of dwarfs, and the woman has elongated earlobes. They are pre-molded with heads, hands, and legs refined by the repairer. The man, no. 55a, wears a long mustard yellow, one-piece...

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Marks

(1) inside figure, in black (unglazed): .D.V.

Provenance

Abbé Samson, Cayeux sur Mer, Somme, France. By 1967, Gilbert Lévy, Paris; November 23, 1967, sold by Gilbert Lévy at Hôtel Drouot, Paris. By 1982, with Rita and Frits Markus, Chatham, MA, and New York, NY [see note 1]; 1982, gift of Rita and Frits Markus. (Accession date: January 12, 1983) NOTES: [1] Note in MFA curatorial file suggests that these pieces were bought by Mrs. Denyse Shalam at Hotel Drouot (Ader, Picard & Ader), Paris and given to Frits Markus.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

Magot

French, about 1740

Dimensions

Overall: 11.4 x 7.1cm (4 1/2 x 2 13/16in.) Other (at base): 7.5cm (2 15/16in.)

Accession Number

1982.778

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics, Porcelain