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Figure Group of Pygmalion and Galatea

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The group is comprised of the standing nude figure of Galatea, the kneeling cloaked figure of Pygmalion who clasps his hands as he gazes up at her, and two cherubs to the side of and behind Galatea, who are supported by clouds. A sculptor's mallet lies at the base of the plinth that supports...

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Marks

on base of figure group, an incised B for Jean-Jacques Bachelier (active at Sèvres 1748/51-1793; director of sculpture 1751-1757, 1766-73); an incised i or slash to the right of the B;

Provenance

1953, Armand Wittekind, Geneva; January 6, 1953, sold by Wittekind to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; January 6, 1953, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1879 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

French, 1770–73

Dimensions

Overall: 115.1 x 68.8 x 55.4 cm (45 5/16 x 27 1/16 x 21 13/16 in.) Other (figure group): 21.1 x 21.8 x 35.6 cm (8 5/16 x 8 9/16 x 14 in.) Overall (pedestal): 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1813

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste biscuit porcelain

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics