The present cast is by Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, better known for his porcelain designs for Vincennes and Sèvres. Most of the shapes from the 1750s, and many from the 1760s, are attributed to Duplessis, or bear his name. In 1751, he was commissioned by Louis XV to produce drawings for the first major dinner-service. In 1758, he was designated Orfèvre du Roi.
The French Bronze, 1500-1800, exh. cat. Galerie Knoedler & Co., New York, 1968, no. 45; F. Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th centuries. The reign of Louis XIV, London, Oxford, 1977, pp. 168-169, no. 52; G. Bresc-Bauthier, Sculptures des jardins du Louvre, Paris, 1986, p. 115; S. Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'école française au XVIIIe siècle, III, 1910.
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