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Pair Dihl and Guérard biscuit figures depicting a boy reading and a girl writing. Each figure is seated on a fabric draped block resting on a fluted plinth; the reading boy balancing a book on a crossed leg and the writing girl resting a tablet on her leg which is supported by a folio.
A portrait plaque depicting Monsieur Dihl, with some of his greatest creations, shows the reading figure in profile. The sculpture is probably by Charles-Gabriel Sauvage dit Lemire who worked at the manufactory.
Other pairs are known: The Forsyth Wickes collection in The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a pair on glazed bases in The Sèvres Museum. A pair of bronzes of the same model is in the Louvre.
Reader: Height - 17½" (44.5 cm.) Width - 7¼" (19 cm.) Depth - 8¼" (21 cm.)
Writer: Height - 16¾" (42.5 cm.) Width - 7¼" (19 cm.) Depth - 7½" (19.1 cm.)
|Height (ins.): 17.5 Length/Width (ins.): 7.25 Depth (ins.): 8.25|
|Origin: France Period: Louis XVI|