Pair of figures in biscuit of soft porcelain of Vincennes-Sèvres
representing “The sitting shepherdess” and “The carrier of
sheep,”sculpted by Jean-Baptiste fernex, model after F. Boucher for the
dairy of Mrs Pompadour in the castle of Crécy.
Mark F in hollow for Falconet* on the rock and underneath.
Created in 1754 until 1766. 18th century.
H. 21,5 and 22 cm or 8,5 in.
Cooking cracks and part of jacket for the man, flowers in the left hand of the woman, restored ; crack reattached to the waist.
*Etienne-Maurice Falconet, sculptor since 1755 and director of the
sculpture workshop of the Sèvres factory from July 1757 to September
These figures represent Madame Favart and the actor Rochard de Bouillac
in Charles-Simon Favart’s Les Amours de Bastien et Bastienne, a play
inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Le devin du village (1752) and
performed at the Italian theater from 1753. It was also an opera by
Mozart created in 1768.
Cf. Bourgeois (1909), tome I pp. 25-29 et n°111 pl.01 et n°510 pl. 01 (1913).
Svend Eriksen et Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Porcelaine de Sèvres, (1987), n° 105, pp. 293-294.