French Statue after Falconet

French Cast Stone Statue, circa 1940/50, after Étienne Maurice Falconet’s L’Amour Menaçant (Menacing Cupid). From an estate in Île-de-France, the statue measures two feet in height.


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Falconet’s charming cupid was originally created in plaster and exhibited at the Salon of 1755. This statue delighted the most influencial woman in France, Madame de Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV. Mme Pompadour thus commissioned Falconet, in the year 1757, to create two similar statues carved out of marble; one for her garden and the other for her home.

Falconet (1761-1791), was one of the great French rococo sculptors. A student of court sculptor Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, he was received in the French Royal Academy in 1754. In 1757, Mme de Pompadour appointed Falconet director of the sculpture atelier at the royal porcelain factory, Sèvres.

Falconet’s sculptures embody the elements of the pure rococo style. They are playful, curvaceous and sensual, sometimes mischievous, and always delightfully romantic. L’Amour Menaçant even makes a delightful appearance in Jean-Honore Fragonard’s painting, Les hazards heureux de l’escarpolette (The Happy Hazzards of the Swing), which is owned by the Wallace Collection, London. Our beautiful antique print of this painting can be seen on our Prints page. We attached a copy of this print here too, for those who will enjoy seeing this mischievous cupid in full action!


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