• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    A MEISSEN GROUP OF RUSSIAN PEASANTS

    CIRCA 1755, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO EDGE OF BASE, PUCE .87. TO UNDERSIDE

    Price Realised  

    A MEISSEN GROUP OF RUSSIAN PEASANTS
    CIRCA 1755, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO EDGE OF BASE, PUCE .87. TO UNDERSIDE
    Modelled by P. Reinicke, both men wearing fur hats and coloured jackets, one man leaning on a staff with his arms folded, the other standing behind him with his hands clasped, a basket of wood before him, on a shaped oval mound base applied with flowers and foliage (second figure lacquered around support and legs indicating a probable break, slight restoration to foliage and black bow at one knee)
    4 in. (10.2 cm.) high


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    This model is from a series of Russian street traders that were loosely based on engravings and drawings by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, who travelled to Russia to record Russian way of life in the 18th Century. See Len and Yvonne Adams, Meissen Portrait Figures (London, 1987), p. 142 for a closely related example.

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