A Meissen ormolu-mounted group of lovers, circa 1740-45

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Lot 48
A Meissen ormolu-mounted group of lovers, circa 1740-45

Sold for £ 3,125 (US$ 3,982) inc. premium
A Meissen ormolu-mounted group of lovers, circa 1740-45
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler, as a couple seated beneath a tree, the woman wearing a blue skirt decorated with indianische Blumen and leaning on her companion, a sheep on her lap, the man wearing a yellow jacket and red breeches, a seated dog beside him, the base applied with leaves and flowers, the group set on a later ormolu base, 29.4cm high (some restoration)

Footnotes

  • Please note that the decoration dates from the 19th century and that the revised estimate is £2,000-3,000.
    Provenance:
    Robert Holitscher Collection, Budapest, sold Ernst Museum, Budapest, 21 February-5 March 1917, lot 708;
    A.S. Drey, Munich, sold by Paul Graupe, Berlin, 17-18 June 1936, lot 387

    Literature:
    M. Eberle, Cris de Paris Meissener Porzellanfiguren des 18. Jahrhunderts (2001), no. 1

    Exhibited:
    Leipzig, Gohliser Schlößchen, Sachsens Gold im Schlößchen, 29 April-10 June 2001

    The model is after a depiction by François Boucher. Kaendler's Taxa for 1740-48 states: '1 Grouppgen, ein Frauenzimmer in einer Andrijan wohlgepuzt vorstellend, ingl. einen Schäffer in seinem Habit wohl angekleidet, welche einander embrassiren, worbey noch ein Schäffgen zu befinden, 12 Thlr.' [1 group, a woman nicely dressed in an Andrijan, and a shepherd well-dressed in his costume, embracing each other, where also a sheep]. See R. Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810 (1966), no.869, the illustrated example is a version without the tree. Another example is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

    Sold by agreement between the vendor and the heirs of A.S. Drey, Munich, under which the latter relinquishes any claim to this lot.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the decoration dates from the 19th century and that the revised estimate is £2,000-3,000.
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