Pedestal for Figure Group of Pygmalion and Galatea

French
about 1780-85
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Gilder Etienne-Henri Le Guay aîné, père (French, 1719-1799, active at Sèvres 1742–43, 1748–49, 1751–96), After Etienne-Maurice Falconet (French (Paris), 1716–1791)


Dimensions

Overall: 115.1 x 68.8 x 55.4cm (45 5/16 x 27 1/16 x 21 13/16in.) Other (figure group): 21.1 x 21.8 x 35.6cm (8 5/16 x 8 9/16 x 14in.) Other (pedestal): 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1812

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain decorated with enamel and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Pedestal for Figure Group, after Flaconet, consists of Pygmalion on knees at base of nude Galatea looking down at him. Infant kissing her right hand, Cupid with tool in hand smiles from the rear. Base has gilt trim and two oblong panels on sides, front panel with the following wording: “Si Pygamalion La Forma; Si Le Ciel Anima Son Etre; L’Amour fit Plus, Il L’Englamma; Sans Lui Que Serviroit De Naitre”. Group has fire crack in base, a crack in left arm above elbow, better part of thumb of right hand missing. Base decorated by Le Guay. A similar plaque on the back is decorated with a frieze of scrolling leaf garlands and a central beaded oval enclosing a stylized leaf medallion in gold.

Markings

on interior of pedestal, interlaced Ls, gilder's mark of LG for Etienne-Henry Le Guay aîné, père (active at Sèvres 1742-43, 1748-49, 1751-96) below, both in gold.

Provenance

1953, Armand Wittekind, Geneva; January 6, 1953, sold by Wittekind to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; January 6, 1953, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1879 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection