River God

A river god reclines on the back of a dolphin with one arm around its tail and a paddle in his other hand. The flowers at the god’s feet are practical as well as decorative—they cover splits in the porcelain that appeared during the drying process. The figure was probably modeled by Louis-Antoine Fournier for the Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory, which eventually became the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, still in operation today.

Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory

French, c. 1740–1756

River God

c. 1750

Soft-paste porcelain

11 1/8 x 10 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. (28.3 x 25.7 x 22.2 cm)

Acquired by the Clark, 1972