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  • Place of origin:

    Meissen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)
    Reinicke, Peter, born 1715 - died 1768 (modeller)
    Meyer, Friedrich Elias (modeller)
    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.6-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 3, case CA13

European artists often depicted China as a land of leisure and luxury. These fantasies are known by the French term 'chinoiseries' as these light and decorative subjects found particular favour in France in the eighteenth century. Chinoiseries soon became popular throughout Europe however, thanks to the lively trade in engravings of famous paintings or popular designs.

The French court painter François Boucher's designs were much copied by decorative artists as they were available as engravings from the 1740s onwards. His pretty and fanciful subjects came to epitomise the fashionable French Rococo style. The Meissen factory in Saxony made several models, including this one,after a series of chinoiserie designs by Boucher entitled 'Les Délices de L'Enfance' (The Delights of Childhood) inspired by engravings by J.J. Balechou.

Physical description

Hard paste porcelain figure group of a Chinese woman seated with two boys playfully holding very small parasols, she wears a high-necked robe in dark blue under a white coat with 'indianische blumen', her hair in a bun, one boy sits on her knee steadying himself with his right hand on her shoulder, wearing a green robe, mauve leggings and yellow shoes, the other boy stands on one foot by her side wearing a mauve sprigged robe, yellow breeches and red shoes, the base applied with leaves and flowers.

Place of Origin

Meissen (made)

Date

ca. 1750 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Hard paste porcelain, moulded, painted in enamels and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm dimension taken from register, Width: 102 mm

Object history note

See note for the companion group C.7-1978

Descriptive line

Hard paste porcelain group of a Chinese woman and two boys with parasols, 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)

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 112-113

Materials

Hard paste porcelain

Techniques

Moulded; Painted; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Children; Parasols; Woman

Categories

Porcelain; Ceramics; Figures & Decorative ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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