Of modest origin, self-taught sculptor, Étienne Maurice Falconet was the pupil of Jean-Baptiste II Lemoyne. His admiration for Puget led him to have difficulty in getting accepted at the Academy; he was accused of plagiarizing the sculptor with his reception piece "Milon de Crotone", but was refused in 1744 and only accepted ten years later.
The protection of Madame de Pompadoure allowed him to obtain royal commissions then, from 1757 to 1766, the direction of the sculpture workshop of the Sèvres factory for which he made many biscuit models.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 35 cm.
Width: 12 cm.
Depth: 10.5 cm.
Artist: Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791)
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum