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Figure group - <i>Flötenkonzert</i>

Flötenkonzert

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Fulda (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schumann, Johann Georg (modeller)
    Fulda pottery and porcelain factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed hard-paste porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased under the bequest of Captain H.B. Murray

  • Museum number:

    C.853-1920

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 3, case CA3

The fashionably-dressed musians play a lute, flute and harp respectively, and sit or stand somewhat awkwardly on a grassy mound framed by an elaborate and fanciful rococo garden structure. It would have probably been intended for use in interior decoration. Similarly framed figure groups were also made by the Frankenthal factory.

The porcelain factory at Fulda in Hesse in northern Germany was founded in 1764 by the Prince Bishop Heinrich VIII von Bibra. Like several other northern European porcelain factories, it was set up in the premises of an earlier tin-glazed earthenware works. It was established using the 'arcana' (secret knowledge of porcelain recipes, firing and other processes) by the travelling 'arcanist' Nicholas Paul, who had previously worked at Höchst, Berlin, Fürstenburg, Weesp, and who subsequently moved on to Kassel. The factory was closed following the death of the Bishop in 1789.

Physical description

Figure group in glazed hard-paste porcelain of a concert party. In the middle stands a flute player with music on a table before him. On his right is a seated woman playing the guitar and on his left is another woman. In the foreground is a girl playing with a dog. Rococo base. Arbour at the back.

Place of Origin

Fulda (made)

Date

ca. 1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Schumann, Johann Georg (modeller)
Fulda pottery and porcelain factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed hard-paste porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

Two 'F's crowned
in underglaze blue

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 270 mm, Depth: 210 mm

Descriptive line

Figure group in glazed hard-paste porcelain of a concert party, Fulda porcelain factory, ca 1775

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

For an enamelled version see Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Fascination of Fragility, 2010, cat. 320, where the model is attributed to J.G. Schumann and dated to ca. 1775

Labels and date

Figure group of a concert party
About 1775

A group of fashionably dressed musicians play beneath an elaborate and fanciful arched garden structure. The arch is entirely made up of interlocking ‘C-scrolls’, an ornamental motif that forms the basis of much Rococo decoration. The modeller probably copied the scene from an engraving, creating a light and novel work that would have appealed to fashionable customers.

Germany (Hesse)
Made at the Fulda pottery and porcelain factory
Probably modelled by Johann Georg Schumann
Porcelain
Purchased with funds from the Captain H.B. Murray Bequest
[09/12/2015]

Materials

Hard paste porcelain

Techniques

Glazed

Subjects depicted

Music; Concert; Arbour; Table; Flute; Women; Scrolls; Dog

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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