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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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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 from Ader, Ader & Picard, Paris and given to Frits Markus.

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Gift of Rita and Frits Markus


French, about 1740


Overall: 11.1 x 6.6cm (4 3/8 x 2 5/8in.) Other (at base): 7.6cm (3in.)

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Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain