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  • Figure
    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775
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  • Place of origin:

    Meissen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740-1744 (modelled)
    ca. 1745-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamel colours, with ormolu mount

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 23, shelf 6

The animal figures made of Meissen porcelain were faithfully copied from engravings and naturalistically painted. They were much in demand in France before the founding of the Sèvres factory there. Already expensive luxuries, they were further embellished in Paris. Elaborate swirling mounts made of fire-gilt ormolu were added to them there.

Physical description

Figure of a lion, of hard-paste porcelain. Reclining, head lifted and turning right. Contemporary French ormolu mount in rococo style. Painted naturalistically in enamel colours.

Place of Origin

Meissen (made)


ca. 1740-1744 (modelled)
ca. 1745-50 (made)


Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamel colours, with ormolu mount


Height: 18.4 cm, Length: 23.8 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain figure of a lion painted in colours on ormolu mount, Meissen porcelain factory, Germany, about 1745-50.

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

Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
Albiker, Karl Die Meissner porzellantiere im 18. jahrhundert. Berlin, Deutscher verein für kunstwissenschaft, 1959, No. 158.

Production Note

Ormolu mount, French mid-18th century.
Attribution from the manuscript catalogue dates from about 1970 and was compiled by William Hutton of the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.


Hard paste porcelain; Ormolu


Painted; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Lions (animals)


Ceramics; Porcelain; Images Online; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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