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Pedestal for Figure Group of Pygmalion and Galatea

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Pedestal for Figure Group, after Flaconet, consists of Pygmalion on knees at base of nude Galatea looking down at him. Infant kissing her right hand, Cupid with tool in hand smiles from the rear. Base has gilt trim and two oblong panels on sides, front panel with the following wording: "Si...

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Marks

on interior of pedestal, interlaced Ls, gilder's mark of LG for Etienne-Henry Le Guay aîné, père (active at Sèvres 1742-43, 1748-49, 1751-96) below, both in gold.

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

Accession Number

65.1812

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain decorated with enamel and gold

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics