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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 121

    A MEISSEN FIGURE GROUP OF A SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS

    CIRCA 1740-1745, RED PAINTED LG,203., BLUE PAINTED 5., MODELED BY J.J. KÄNDLER

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MEISSEN FIGURE GROUP OF A SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS
    CIRCA 1740-1745, RED PAINTED Lg,203., BLUE PAINTED 5., MODELED BY J.J. KÄNDLER
    He in red and yellow hat, gilt-edged blue jacket, white shirt and black breeches, a dog at his feet, she in white shirt, black and grey bodice and brown flower-edged skirt, holding a sheep under her left arm, seated before a tree on a mound base applied with flowers
    11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) high


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    Kändler's 1740-1748 work records note 1 Grouppgen, ein Frauenzimmer in einer Andrijan wohlgepuzt vorstellend, ingl. einen Schäffer in seinem Habit wohl angekleidet, welche einander embrassiren, worbey moch ein Schäffgen zu befinden, 12 Thlr.

    The present model, based on a painting by François Boucher, was produced both with and without the tree behind the amorous couple. See P.W. Meister, Catalogue of the Pauls Collection, London, 1972, vol. I, pp. 238-239 and Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, Munich, 1966, p. 168, Tafel 869.

    For similar examples without a bocage, see the group sold Christie's, London, 13 December 2001, lot 643; the example in the Pauls-Eisenbeiss Collection (Kirschgarten, Basel), illustrated by Ingelore Menzhausen and Jürgen Karpinski, In Porzellan verzaubert, Basel, 1993, p. 149; the example illustrated by Rainer Rückert in Meissener Porzellan Munich, 1966, pl. 209, no. 869; and the example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Gift of Mrs. Oswald Finey, number C.24-1984.

    For groups with the tree trunk similar to the present example, see Christie's, London, 10 July 1973, lot 124 and Christie's, London, 8 July 2002, lot 288.

    Provenance

    The Nyffeler Collection of German Porcelain; Christie's, London, 9 June 1986, lot 42.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LEO & DORIS HODROFF


    Exhibited

    Zürich, Switzerland, Kunsthaus, Schonheit des 18 Jahrhunderts, 1955, no. P.24.