The Peep Show, or the Magic Lantern (La Curiosité ou La Lanterne Magique)

A work made of soft-paste unglazed porcelain (biscuit).
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  • A work made of soft-paste unglazed porcelain (biscuit).

Date:

c. 1757

Artist:

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, founded 1740
Modeled by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (French, 1716-1791)

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.

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European Decorative Art

Artist

Manufacture nationale de Sèvres

Title

The Peep Show, or the Magic Lantern (La Curiosité ou La Lanterne Magique)

Origin

Sèvres

Date

1752–1762

Medium

Soft-paste unglazed porcelain (biscuit)

Inscriptions

Mark: incised "F" at the back of the base

Dimensions

15.6 x 16.8 cm (6 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Andrew G. Bustin

Reference Number

1963.233

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