The inspiration for Carrier-Belleuse's L'Amour Désarmé has its origins in an eighteenth-century Sèvres model. His version of this group is tender and charming but is more maternal and erotic than that of the prior century. The terracotta epitomises two of the sculptor's most characteristic features, an elegant young nubile woman and playful enfants. Interestingly, despite its inspiration, Carrier's terracotta was produced first in 1871, five years before he started working at Sèvres as artistic director. A marble version of the model is in the Ponce Art Museum, Puerto Rico.
Lami, vol 1, p. 283; Hargrove, pp. 249-250, pl. 232
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