From 1757 to 1766, Etienne Falconet was in charge of the sculpture workshop of the royal Sèvres factory. He created many models there, many of which are among the most popular: threatening Love is one of them.
In the previous generation, Boucher had created chubby children, almost babies, agitated in a thousand ways.
As for Etienne Falconet, he created an Eros: an ideal and mischievous child, who does not threaten anyone but whose finger is intimately silent. Confident responsible for the secret of Venus's love affairs, he prepares to take out an arrow from his quiver with his left hand. Yet his nickname is tenacious, which translates the dangerousness of love into imagination. His marble model had been named by Etienne Falconet "Love".
He was responding to an order from Madame de Pompadour.
A scale model of the marble was created in 1755. The first soft porcelain biscuit statuette representing this child was made by the Sèvres factory in 1758.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 24 cm.
Width: 12 cm.
Depth: 20 cm.
Weight: 1.5 kg.
Museum: Sèvres - City of ceramics
Artistic period: XVIIIth century
Artist: Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791)