A rare Meissen figure of the Muse Caliope from the Parnassus centrepiece, circa 1762
Lot 148
A rare Meissen figure of the Muse Calliope from the Parnassus centrepiece, circa 1762
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,252) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Meissen figure of the Muse Calliope from the Parnassus centrepiece, circa 1762
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler, seated on coloured rockwork applied with flowering branches, writing in an open book, a pounce pot, an ink pot and another book in front, wearing a tunic decorated with gilt flowers, a puce-lined yellow cloak with indianische Blumen and a wreath on her hair, the base modelled with elaborate gilt-edged scrollwork, incised 'Caliope' to rear, 'G' coloured in purple to flat side of base and 'C' to front edge, 21.5cm high; 25cm across, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue (minor restoration and chips)

Footnotes

  • This figure formed part of the large and elaborate centrepiece for the dessert service of the table service ordered by Frederick the Great of Prussia at the end of 1761, subsequently known as the Möllendorff Service. The large sculptural centrepiece featuring Apollo on Parnassus, of which a complete example is in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, was designed by Frederick (see S. Wittwer, 'har der König von Preußen die schleunige Verfertiggung verschiedener Bestellungen ernstlich begehret' - Friedrich der Große und das Meißener Porzellan. Keramos 208 (2010), pp. 56ff., ill. 52).
Activities
Contacts
  1. Nette Megens
    Specialist - European Ceramics
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, W1S 1SR
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 20 7468 8348
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8252