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Pair of Tournai White Groups


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Dates Circa 1765
Medium Porcelain
Origin Belgium
Description Pair of Tournai white groups of; ‘Les Mangeurs des Raisins’ and ‘L'Agréable leçon’.

‘L'Agréable leçon’ - The Agreeable Lesson was first produced at the Vincennes manufactory in 1752, and became popular in other French factories and the Belgian factory of Tournai.

The characters are that of the shepherd boy Corydon and the shepherdess Lisette. They were characters in the comic opera or pantomime, ‘Les Vendages de Tempé’, written in 1745 by Charles-Simon Favart. Revised in 1752 as a ballet-pantomime under the title of La vallée de Montmorency, it was next performed in 1752 at the Italian theatre in Paris. François Boucher designed the costumes and the sets. The model of this and the grape eater is after engravings by Boucher.

Literature: Linda Roth and Clare le Corbeillier: French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum , pp.340-344, for a discussion on the (Vincennes) models and their history in the theatre.