Dec 8, 2006
Dec 8, 2006

Plate Depicting the Soap Bubble Blower (La souffleuse de savon)

Plate Depicting the Soap Bubble Blower (La souffleuse de savon)

c. 1760-70


Jean Daulle

(French, 1703-1763)


after François Boucher

(French, 1703-1770)

Salt-glazed, transfer-printed stoneware

Diameter: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Gift of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of his wife, Florence Ellsworth Wilson 1948.118


Did you know?

This plate depicts a young lady blowing soap bubbles next to a very interested young boy.


English potteries often courted aristocratic clients with cheaper wares that looked like more expensive works from the major centers of porcelain production in the eighteenth century, especially France, Germany, and China. In this case, the image printed in center of the plate depicts a young lady, enticing a boy with her skill at blowing soap bubbles through a thin pipe. The print was taken from an etching by Jean Daullé (French, 1703–1763), of the painting La souffleuse de savon (1758) by Francois Boucher (French, 1703–1770).

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email