A rare Fulda figure of the Madonna Immaculata, circa 1770
Lot 206
A rare Fulda figure of the Madonna Immaculata, circa 1770
Sold for £22,250 (US$ 37,398) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Fulda figure of the Madonna Immaculata, circa 1770
Wearing a floral dress with red cuffs and a flowing cloak with a puce lining decorated with flowers and gilding, her right hand held to her chest, the other held outwards, standing on a dragon-like creature above a world globe painted with the continents, on a raised pedestal painted in a puce marbling effect with gilt ornaments, rococo scrollwork and the letters S.M. M.D. (Santa Maria Mater Dei), 37.5cm high, cross mark in underglaze-blue (some losses)


  • Provenance:
    Dr Max Strauß Collection, Vienna, sold by Glückselig & Wärndorfer, Vienna, 1922

    Kunstschätze der Sammlung Dr. Max Strauß in Wien (1921), pl. 31;
    Der Kunstwanderer (1921), p. 183

    See C. Fritzsche/G. Stasch, Hochfürstlich Fuldische Porzellainmanufaktur 1764-1789 (1994), cat. no.1, pp. 35-36, for a discussion of the model and a list of published examples, including the present lot. Since the publication of the catalogue, another example was sold by Bonhams London, 12 November 2003, lot 209.

    The pedestal varies in several of the examples mentioned above. The Madonna Immaculata from the Strauß collection is the only known version with apertures on the two front brackets of the base.

    The visual source for the model has not been positively determined. Scholars have discussed several possibilities, such as an etching by G.B. Göz and a sculpture by Ignatz Günther, located in the church of Attel, Bavaria. Both depict the Madonna in a very similar pose and could therefore have been the original inspiration for the modeller. For a full discussion see Fritzsche and Stasch (1994), p.36.
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