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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF HOFNARR FRÖHLICH

    1743

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF HOFNARR FRÖHLICH
    1743
    Modelled by J.J. Kändler, in a black conical hat with a gilt band, white ruff, gilt-edged light-blue jacket, puce undershirt, buff trousers and black boots, his black braces with the Sgraffito date 1743 flanking the initials J.F., standing with his thumbs resting in his braces, on a high octagonal plinth base edged with gilding and with four gilt rosettes (restoration to hat, neck and edge of base, slight wear to gilding and tip of hat)
    9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high


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    Joseph Fröhlich and the 'Baron' Schmiedel were jesters at the Saxon Court of Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. Kändler made various porcelain portraits of them, and his work reports for 1736 mention a figure of Hofnarr Fröhlich, which he based on a 1729 print by C.F. Boetius. For a full discussion of this model, see Ulrich Pietsch Die figürliche Meissner Porzellanplastik von Gottlieb Kirchner und Johann Joachim Kaendler (Munich, 2006), pp. 11-13, nos. 4 and 5. Also see Otto Walcha, 'Fröhlich und Schmiedel im Meissner Porzellan' Keramos (April 1966), No. 32, pp. 35-40, where a similar example is illustrated.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF AXEL GUTTMANN, SOLD BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS