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A group of two Sèvres porcelain figures figuring 'l'Amour menaçant' and 'Psyché', 18th century
on bases, one made of Sèvres soft-paste porcelain, 18th century, dated 1761, the other from Paris, 19th century, the pedestal with bleu lapis backgrounds with flower bouquets and inscriptions :qui que tu sois voicy ton maitre il l'est, le fût ou le doit être et non ! pas plus que tu n'es mon maitre tu ne le fus, ni ne doit l'être, the figure of Psyché marked underneath the base LR 9 for Le Riche, the Sèvres pedestal marked with the interlaced letters LL the letter H for 1760, and the mark of the painter Xhrouet
Quantity: 2
Haut. avec socle 32 et 33 cm. ; Height with the bases, 12 2/3 and 13 in.
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Catalogue Note

This figurine was produced at the Sèvres manufactory from 1758 after the model created in plaster mold in 1755 and exhibited in marble at the Salon of 1757 by Etienne Maurice Falconet, director of the sculpture workshop at Sèvres manufactory from 1757 to 1766.

The first copies were sold in December 1758 at the price of 144 French pounds, notably to Madame de Pompadour on 30 December.

After 1761, the manufactory produced a Psyche figurine, also after Falconet, to be paired with the Menacing Cupid. The first pair was bought by the Earl of Choiseul on 24 July 1761 for 96 French pounds each.

The first plinth for the Menacing Cupid, mentioned in the sales records as a pied d’estal de l’Amour lapis (pedestal for Cupid lapis), was sold for 120 French pounds to the decorative arts dealer Poirier during the second half of the year 1760. (Arch. Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique, Vy3 f ° 33v.).

After the beginning of the year 1761, appear the sales of pedestals for bisque porcelain Cupid for 24 French pounds each and the price of colored pedestals lowered to 96 French pounds.

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