This miniature terracotta memorial is not the only one of its kind in Clodion's œuvre. He was also responsible for the Mausolée de Ninette (Musée Lorrain, Nancy) and the Mausolée de Fifi (Musée national de la Renaissance, Ecouen). This inspiration reveals the obsession with pets in late 18th century society.
The financier and art lover Bergeret de Grandcourt commissioned Clodion to make this work, thus combining his loves of art and animals. He also commissioned the painter Vincent to paint a portrait of his greyhound Diane (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon) and Jean-Baptiste Huet to paint one of his his poodle (which was exhibited at the 1769 Salon).