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    The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Collection

    After ETIENNE-MAURICE FALCONET (French, 1716-1791)

    Cupid Fighting for Love
    Bronze on marble base
    16-1/2 x 11-1/2 x 9 inches (41.9 x 29.2 x 22.9 cm)
    Signed beneath the figures in casting: Falconet

    Étienne-Maurice Falconet belongs to the first rank of French Rococo sculptors, and enjoyed the patronage of Madame de Pompadour and Catherine the Great. Although he was born into an impoverished Parisian family, Falconet was able to escape an uncertain future through his precocious talent for modeling in clay. His skill attracted the attention of the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who trained him personally. By 1754 he had become a member of the Académie des beaux-arts, and came to prominent public attention in the Salons of 1755 and 1757 with his marbles of L' Amour and the Nymphe descendant au bain, which is now at the Louvre. In 1757 Falconet was appointed director of the sculpture atelier of the new Manufacture royale de porcelaine at Sèvres, where he brought new life to the production of small figurines in unglazed soft-paste porcelain that had been a specialty at the predecessor of the Sèvres manufactory, Vincennes.

    The influence of the painter François Boucher is evident in Cupid Fighting for Love, and indeed in most of Falconet's subjects which possess the sweet, elegantly erotic, and somewhat coy manner Boucher popularized.

    Falconet remained at the Sèvres post until he was invited to Russia by Catherine the Great in September 1766 to execute a colossal bronze statue of Peter the Great. In 1788, he became director of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Many of Falconet's religious works, commissioned for churches, were destroyed at the time of the French Revolution. The survival rate for his private commissions, however, was fortunately much better.



    Condition Report*: No apparent damages or repairs.
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    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    10th-11th Wednesday-Thursday
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