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Figure group
  • Figure group
    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775
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Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Made)

  • Date:

    ca.1750-1755 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)
    Reinicke, Peter, born 1715 - died 1768 (modeller)
    Meyer, Friedrich Elias (modellers)
    Boucher, François, born 1703 - died 1770 (designer)
    Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Edna and Norris Kingston Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.7-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 41, shelf 3

Europeans created an imaginary picture of life in China and Japan which became a popular style in its own right as it combined light and pretty decorative motifs with exoticism. This figure group is an example of this type of 'chinoiseries', and was modelled by the skillful model makers at the Meissen factory after a print by the French artist François Boucher.

Physical description

Hard paste porcelain group of a Chinese woman wearing a high-necked robe decorated with 'indianische blumen' visible below a long purple cloak, folded back to reveal its yellow lining and tied with a green sash, standing holding a large white kettle and a jug from which she pours tea into a tea bowl and saucer placed on a tray held by a small boy wearing a blue-flowered robe, purple leggings and yellow shoes, another boy in a green robe kneels at her feet holding a bowl of fruits including lemons and plums, both boys with shaved heads and pigtails, all set on an irregular shaped base applied with flowers and leaves.

Place of Origin

Germany (Made)

Date

ca.1750-1755 (Made)

Artist/maker

Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)
Reinicke, Peter, born 1715 - died 1768 (modeller)
Meyer, Friedrich Elias (modellers)
Boucher, François, born 1703 - died 1770 (designer)
Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

crossed swords mark
in underglaze blue on base

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm

Object history note

See also companion group C.6-1978

Descriptive line

Hard paste porcelain group of a Chinese woman and two boys, modelled by J.J.Kändler and his assistants after Boucher, made at the Meissen porcelain factory, Germany, ca. 1750.

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

Blaauwen, Abraham L. den. Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmusuem, Amsterdam: Waanders Publishers for the Rijksmusuem, 2000, no. 332, p. 455.
Pauls-Eisenbeiss, Dr. Erika. German Porcelain of the 18th Century. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1972. Catalogue of the Pauls-Eisenbeiss Collection, Riehen, Switzerland, Vol. I, pp 118-120

Materials

Hard paste porcelain; Porcelain enamel

Techniques

Painted; Moulded; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Woman; Tea; Children

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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