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Statuette - Charity or Abundance
  • Charity or Abundance
    Permoser, Balthasar, born 1651 - died 1732
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Charity or Abundance

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Dresden (made)

  • Date:

    1710-1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Permoser, Balthasar, born 1651 - died 1732 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 3, shelf 1

For some sculptural commissions, a leading artist such as Giambologna made only the model and the work was executed by others. Ideas were also transmitted by terracotta models, plaquettes and engravings, as well as by decorative objects for which sculptors had provided designs.
The Elector of Saxony, Augustus the Strong, made Dresden a leading centre for sculpture and also founded a porcelain manufactory at Meissen, just outside the city. Sculptors frequently supplied models to the Meissen factory and this terracotta was probably made in preparation for a figure group in porcelain or red stoneware.

Physical description

The figure of Charity is seated, her left elbow resting on a column, and holding a cornucopia in her right hand. At her feet on her right are two embracing putti, on her left the pelican in her piety, pecking at her breast.

Place of Origin

Dresden (made)


1710-1720 (made)


Permoser, Balthasar, born 1651 - died 1732 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 33 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Christie's London, 5th December 1989, lot 167. It has previously been on the Florentine Art market.

Descriptive line

Statuette, terracotta, Charity or Abundance, circle of Balthasar Permoser, Germany (Dresden), ca. 1710-20

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Penny, Nicholas. Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, Vol II, Oxford, 1992, p. 130
Williamson, Paul, "Acquisition of Sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986-1991", in: Burlington Magazine, Dec. 1991, p. 876
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 19, pl. 23




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