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Made by: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

On view in: Breakfast Room

About this object

The term "biscuit" refers to the unglazed body of the porcelain. This technique, introduced in the mid-1750s, helped to preserve the crisp modeling, which had previously been blurred by the application of a thick, viscous glaze. Although some of these figures were conceived as table decorations and as part of the dessert centerpiece, others were sold singly or in pairs for display on top of furniture or mantelpieces. This group of the Three Graces carrying Cupid was designed by François Boucher and translated into a three-dimensional model by Louis-Simon Boizot, the factory’s sculptor.

An elaborate group of two partially clothed woman walking and carrying on their shoulders Cupid with garlands of roses. To the right and kneeling on the ground is another woman also partially clothed, and facing toward the rear so that the group is composed in such a way that it can be seen from all sides. On a modern ormolu base.

ceramics, french
Object name:
Made from:
Made in:
FRANCE: Sèvres
Date made:
ca. 1770
26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK incised on base at back: B
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Perfume and Seduction
Featured in publication:
"Sèvres Porcelain at Hillwood","A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"