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The mother is seated, with a child on her right knee and another standing by her side, both holding batons to ring the cloche-shaped bell.
Paul Reinicke created a series of figures that are inspired by, and in many cases derive directly from engravings after François Boucher. The engravings used are often said to be those of Jean-Joseph Balechou and Antoine Aveline, published under the title ‘Les Delices de l’Enfance’, in fact it seems more likely that Reinicke was using the engravings of Gabriel Huquier since a number of other groups from this series derive from this source.
Perrin Stein has shown that Boucher sometimes took his images directly from Chinese woodcuts.
The figures from this series depict a romantic ideal of China populated by elegantly dressed ladies and happy children, in contrast to the earlier Meissen chinoiseries in which China had been portrayed as a land of strange and curious idols.
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