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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

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ca. 1740-1744 (modelled), ca. 1745-50 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamel colours, with ormolu mount
Brief Description
Porcelain figure of a lioness painted in colours on ormolu mount, Meissen porcelain factory, Germany, about 1745-50.
Physical Description
Figure of a lioness, of hard-paste porcelain. Seated, her head turned left, right paw raised. Contemporary French ormolu mount in rococo style. Painted naturalistically with enamel colours.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.4cm
  • Length: 23.5cm
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Jones
Production
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.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
  • Honey, W. B. Dresden china: an introduction to the study of Meissen porcelain. London: A. & C. Black, 1934, Pl. LII (c).
Other Number
180A - catalogue number
Collection
Accession Number
836-1882

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record createdNovember 28, 2002
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