PORCELAIN BISQUE OF PSYCHE AFTER FALCONET FROM THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY
On a circular base in blue porcelain and gold highlights, a biscuit representing Psyche as a little girl hiding the bow of Love. This model is the counterpart of the Amour Menaçant by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, commissioned by Mme de Pompadour and exhibited at the Salon in 1757. The plaster sketch of this Psyche was exhibited at the Salon in 1761. Unlike its counterpart, this model was never made in marble but only in biscuit de Sèvres (a model in soft paste is kept in the Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres) or in glazed earth (kept in the Château de Fontainebleau). On the pedestal, Voltaire's motto has been modified to become: No, no more than you are my master You are, were or must be. 19th century, Circa: 1890 Dim: W:17cm, D:17cm, H:30cm.