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    Sale 5372

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    18 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 425

    A MEISSEN SATIRICAL FIGURE OF BARON MÜNCHHAUSEN

    20TH CENTURY, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, INCISED A. STRUCK

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    A MEISSEN SATIRICAL FIGURE OF BARON MÜNCHHAUSEN
    20TH CENTURY, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, INCISED A. STRUCK
    Wearing a frock coat, iron-red breeches and boots, modelled holding his tricorn hat and riding the moon, on a stepped ebonised wooden base
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) high


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    See Otto Walcha, Meissner Porzellan (Dresden, 1973), fig. 257 for an illustration of this figure.

    Depicted here as the hero of the story of his adventure to the moon. Originally an historical character: Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Baron of Münchhausen (1720-1797). As a Lieutenant and cavalry officer in a Russian regiment, he defeated the Turks in 1716. He then moved to Hanover, where he would narrate his unbelievable adventures of war, hunting and travels. Rudolf Eric Raspe compiled these stories and embellished them. Thereafter several other adaptations were made adding both a satirical and poetic mood to the legend.

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