This Psyche has several names since it is also referred to as "Nymph" or "Little girl hiding the arrows of Love". It was created by Étienne Maurice Falconet to constitute the counterpart of "Threatening Love". It was probably presented in plaster at the 1761 Salon.
It is not known exactly when the Sèvres factory made the biscuit model of soft porcelain, probably shortly afterwards.
Like her male counterpart, the girl is naked and seems to be showing so much mischief. In both cases, we can only notice the taste of the XVIIIth century for love themes that are not unambiguous (are these children old enough to mingle with the games of love?), an ambiguity that is erased or forgiven thanks to the obvious reference to Antiquity.
Yet what still touches us today, however, is the admirable natural beauty that the sculptor has achieved. Neither mindless nor disturbing, this child breathes the grace... of childhood.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 23.5 cm.
Width: 13.6 cm.
Depth: 14 cm.
Weight: 1.5 kg.
Museum: Sèvres - City of ceramics
Artistic period: XVIIIth century
Artist: Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791)