St. Clément Figure of a Young Man Going to Market France, circa 1775


We are proud to offer this beautiful St. Clément hand painted faience figure of a young man bringing a little lamb and a pair of birds to market.The figure was modeled by Paul Louis Cyfflé at St. Clément in France circa 1775. The young man’s face is beautifully rendered expressing innocence and purity. He is standing with his left leg bent. This causes his trousers to fold. The sculpting of the clothes is so lifelike that we can almost feel the draping of the fabrics on the body.

The specialist Edmond Marchal (1833-1916) appreciated the models of Cyfflé. He noted: “He captures nature on the spot – a popular realism – a talent full of fire – a deep observation – the purity of the forms is combined with the finesse of detail ”. Cyfflé’s fame was acquired because he produced high-quality objects. His faience statuettes were masterpieces of Fine sculpture. His products were intended for the aristocracy. It is likely that our young man is from his first series of figures in which he presented statuettes of tradesmen. Among others, the hawker, the chimney sweep, the boilermaker, the repairer of porcelain earthenware, the street singer, the fishmonger, and the butcher. These were the tradesmen who offered their products or services with loud cries in the streets and markets. The figures were representations of the various trades of the working classes, and were appreciated by the aristocratic clients of St. Clément. The figures radiated a popular freshness that completely distinguished them from other porcelain objects of the time which had a much more solemn appearance.


From the collection of William and Marilyn (Milton) Simpson. Marilyn Simpson was a grandchild of John D. Rockefeller Jr. The paper label on the underside of the figure states: Saint Clément by-Cyffle c.1775 Parke-Bernet March 1957. The French faience factory of Saint-Clément, 7.4miles from Lunéville, was established by Jacques Chambrette in 1758, and closed in 1779. The factory produced beautifully made prestigious faience objects for the French aristocracy. Queen Marie-Antoinette appointed St. Clément as a Royal Supplier for her Petit Trianon at Versailles.


8.5″ height x 4.25″ wide x 3.5″ deep