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    Nineteenth Century Meissen: The Collection Of Dr. W.A. Criswell, Sold To Benefit Criswell College

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 85

    A MEISSEN EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF FREDERICK THE GREAT

    CIRCA 1924-1934, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS AND DOT MARK, INCISED MODEL NO. F.96., IMPRESSED 50, PAINTED 66, AFTER THE MODEL BY M.V. ACIER AND J.C. SCHÖNHEIT

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    A MEISSEN EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF FREDERICK THE GREAT
    CIRCA 1924-1934, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS AND DOT MARK, INCISED MODEL NO. F.96., IMPRESSED 50, PAINTED 66, AFTER THE MODEL BY M.V. ACIER AND J.C. SCHÖNHEIT
    Modelled as the Prussian king astride a white steed, a messenger handing him an envelope, raised on an oval plinth moulded with a musical trophy, a military trophy with a shield bearing the likeness of Medusa, a wheat-filled cornucopia and a coat-of-arms surmounted by a crown
    19 in. (48.2 cm.) high


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    Frederick II of Prussia (1712-1786) was known for his patronage of the arts--including porcelain--as well as his military conquests in Silesia. He kept an eye on the Meissen factory during the wars, to the extent that at one point he even removed all the porcelain from the factory and brought it to Berlin for safekeeping. He was much admired by Napoleon who thought him to be a tactical genius. Upon visiting Frederick's grave, Napoleon is said to have declared to his officers, 'Gentlemen, if this man were still alive I would not be here.' Cf. Berling, op. cit., p. 70, fig. 168 and Röntgen, op. cit, p. 116, fig. 59.

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