ADAM, Lambert-Sigisbert
(b. 1700, Nancy, d. 1759, Nancy)

Child Pinched by a Lobster

c. 1740
Bronze, height 25,5 cm
Institute of Arts, Detroit

In the eighteenth century artist strove to invent new techniques, new ways to obtain results with less effort and, mainly, at less cost. Works of art were now marketable items and this raised the issue of how to market them. Porcelain thus came to used as a medium for figurines. Although they were fragile, they had the advantage of possessing colours of permanent freshness. Bronze figurines were more costly, however, they were also more resistant to blow. The technique for manufacturing them was similar to that employed for biscuit. Adam's Child was reproduced in a small size, in bronze rather than biscuit.