Mythological sculpture, France

Mythological sculpture, France

Mythological sculpture
Possibly Zephyrus and Flora
Made at the Vincennes porcelain factory.
France, Paris
1745-52
Soft-paste porcelain, mounted in gilt-bronze
Museum no. C.356-1909
Given by J.H. Fitzhenry

The royal French porcelain factories of Vincennes and Sèvres were the most important in Europe between 1750 and 1800. They supplied an exclusively royal and aristocratic clientele, and set many of the wider fashions.

Their early figures and wares were hugely expensive to produce. Sensuously modelled, this piece is similar in spirit and style to the work of the French rococo artist François Boucher (1703-70).