Étienne-Maurice Falconet and the Matter of Sculpture: Marble, Porcelain, & Sugar in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Spring 2018 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Alicia Caticha (Art and Architectural History) My dissertation takes up the eighteenth-century French sculptor Étienne--Maurice Falconet and the emulation, replication, and commercialization of his oeuvre in marble, porcelain, and sugar from 1750 to 1770. The replication of his marbles in porcelain and sugar, not only challenges the status of the original, but dramatically expands the center of eighteenth-century sculptural production beyond France. My research positions Falconet as a central figure linking together diverse centers of artisanal and sculptural production, including the guilds of Paris, the slave plantations of the French Antilles, and the sculpture ateliers of Saint Petersburg.