About this artwork
Beginning in the mid-1750s, biscuit, or unglazed porcelain, replaced glazed porcelain in sculpture because fine details were sometimes obscured by glazes. In addition, the matte surface of biscuit pieces resembled marble, a medium favored in sculpture. Unglazed porcelain figures were often sold with dinner services, and, as such, they replaced fragile sugar figures, which had adorned dessert tables of the previous era.
- Manufacture nationale de Sèvres (Manufacturer)
- The Peep Show, or the Magic Lantern (La Curiosité ou La Lanterne Magique)
- Soft-paste unglazed porcelain (biscuit)
- 15.6 × 16.8 cm (6 1/8 × 6 5/8 in.)
- Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Andrew G. Bustin