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The Flute Lesson, late 18th century

  • French
  • François Boucher, French, 1703-1770
  • Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, French, active 1756 - present
  • Vincennes Manufactory, French

Soft-paste biscuit porcelain

  • Overall: 8 5/8 × 10 1/8 × 6 1/4 inches (21.9 × 25.7 × 15.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Joseph Boyer Memorial Fund


On View

  • Fashionable Living: S330.2


European Sculpture and Dec Arts

Signed, with incised mark: B [J.J Bachelier, chief modeler 1749-57, and 1766-73]

(Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York, New York, USA)

1955-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"The Music Lesson. French (Vincennes-Sèvres), after 1753." Bulletin of the DIA 34, no. 3 (1954–1955): p. 70 (ill.) [as The Music Lesson.] French Taste in the Eighteenth Century. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1956, p. 95, no. 502.

French; after a design by François Boucher; Vincennes Manufactory; et al., The Flute Lesson, late 18th century, soft-paste biscuit porcelain. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Joseph Boyer Memorial Fund, 55.85.