Toussaint studied under David D'Angers at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris following his admission in 1827 at the age of 21. A skilled sculptor, he received the Grand Prix de Rome four years later with a figure titled Canapée foudroyé sous les murs de thèbes. He received the Médailles de la Légion d'Honneur in 1852, most probably as a direct result of the present models. They were commissioned by the French state on 23 February 1850 for the Palais de L'Elysée and first presented in bronze at the Salon in 1850-1851 under the number 3599. Toussaint had shown the plaster models three years earlier under number 2162. With this impressive pair, Toussaint demonstrates the remarkable vision and talent that earned him the Légion d'Honneur title, a true tour-de-force of fashionable Far-Eastern elegance.
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, London, 1994, p. 628