This charming group of playing children reflects the taste of the Belle Epoque in its amusing and carefree subject matter. The inscription 'Boudet Paris' for Maison Boudet indicates that this house was responsible for the retail of this marble. Boudet was one of the most prominent 19th-century Parisian retailers of sculpture, who operated at 43 Boulevard des Capucines from 1886 and at 8 Place Vendôme from 1908 until the outbreak of the First World War. It was not uncommon for retailers to inscribe their names on works they were selling; the lifesize marble La Frileuse by Carpeaux sold in these rooms on 17 May 2011, lot 45 (sold for £265,250), was also inscribed: 'Boudet Paris'.
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintures sculptures dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays par un group d'écrivains spécialistes français et étrangers, Paris, 1999, vol. 12, pp. 20-21
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