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Porcelain, painted polychrome, gold and silver
Meissen, 2nd half of the 20th century
Porcelain Manufactory Meissen, established in 1710
Model: Johann J. Kaendler (1706-1775) and Johann Friedrich Eberlein (1695-1749), around 1740
Underglaze blue sword marks, model numbers ‘155’ and ‘171‘ as well as impressed marks
Height: 18.5 cm and 23 cm
Good, restored condition
Object is taxed regularly. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.

Cf. Königlich Sächsische Porzellanmanufaktur zu Meissen, Meissner Preisverzeichnis 1904, ill. plate no. 17 as well as plate page 34.

Cf. Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, Ausstellung im Bayerischen Nationalmuseum München, Munich 1966, plate 978.


The figures are in good, restored condition with minor signs of age and wear. Occasionally manufacturing related flaws like barely visible fire cracks. The hood of the female tailer and the foliage of her socket each with a blemish. The mark of the male figure with one cancelation mark. The heights measure 18.5 cm and 23 cm. (nlu)

Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775)

Kaendler was born to a priest and received a classical education. He began his education as a sculptor in Dresden with Johann Benjamin Thomae (1682–1751), where his talents were soon recognized. He joined Meissen in 1731, where he first worked as a model master and later as the head of the plastic department. He was especially honored in 1749, when he was named ‘Court Commissioner’. He first began creating naturalistic animal figures, later courtly and pastoral scenes, and is mostly known for his famous swan service. He is worldwide acknowledged as a brilliant creator of European porcelain figures.

Johann Friedrich Eberlein (1695-1749)
In February 1735 the sculptor applied for the porcelain factory in Meissen and was employed on 18th April 1735, with a salary of 12 thalers a month as an assistant to Johann Joachim Kaendler. In the following 20 years he was his most important employee. Together with Kaendler, Eberlein worked on the most famous Meissen models, such as the Swan Service, the pope busts and the great figure of Augustus III.

Porcelain Manufactory Meissen
Porcelain has been known in Europe since the 13th century, but always had to be imported from China. Thus it was mostly of lower quality – the Chinese rarely gave their best ware to the foreigners – and extremely expensive. As demand for porcelain became greater, European alchemists tried to discover the formula to create hard-paste porcelain. The production of the first European hard-paste porcelain was the result of a collaboration between the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger and the scientist Ehrenfried Walther Graf von Tschirnhaus at the court of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, in Dresden. As a matter of fact, it was finally achieved for the first time in Europe in 1708 to produce a white hard paste porcelain and in 1710 Augustus established Europe’s first hard-paste porcelain factory in the Albrechtsburg, a palace in Meissen. The so-called ‘Böttgerporzellan’ actually had more of a stoneware quality and it was not until the year 1713 that white porcelain was available for purchase. Initially unmarked, the motif of the ‘crossed swords’ was developed in the early 1720s and used from 1723 onwards. Since then, beautifully modelled and painted figures and table services were produced at Meissen, establishing its reputation as the pre-eminent porcelain factory in Europe. Outstanding potters, modelers and painters, e.g. Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775), Johann Gottlieb Klinger (1701-1781) and Count Camillo Marcolini (1739-1814), were employed at the factory, which dominated the 18th century style of porcelain, and Meissen wares and figurines were imitated by craftsmen at other porcelain factories throughout Europe. Meissen celebrated its 300 years of existence in 2008. Until today, Meissen porcelain is known for highest quality and originality and greatly appreciated.

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Meissen, Porcelain Group with Tailors and Goats, 2nd H

Estimate €1,600 - €2,000Dec 27, 2016