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River God  by Vincennes Porcelain Factory

Vincennes Porcelain Factory
River God
c. 1747
Soft-paste porcelain
29.2 cm high

The superb figure of a river god is one of the earliest surviving examples of sculpture produced at the French royal porcelain factory at Vincennes. Wearing a garland of laurel, the river god sits upon a great dolphin from whose mouth water flows into waves. This piece may be the work of a sculptor named Louis Antoine Fournier, who in 1747 was commissioned to supply the factory with figures of river gods and nymphs.