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"The Broken Clog" Figure Group
"Le Sabot Cassé" Figure Group

Modeled by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, French, 1716 - 1791. Made by Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, France, 1756 - present.

Made in Sèvres, France, Europe

c. 1766-1770

Soft-paste porcelain (biscuit)

6 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 4 5/16 inches (16.5 x 15 x 11 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 369, European Art 1500-1850, third floor (Boyer Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the proceeds of the sale of deaccessioned works of art, 2009

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The subject of this biscuit group, "the broken clog," is taken from an engraving by Gilles Demarteau after François Boucher's Paysanne assise dans un paysage et enfant dormant (Peasant and Sleeping Child in a Landscape). While the exact nature of Boucher's relationship with Sèvres is not known, his influence in the early years of that factory's production was unrivaled.

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