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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1316

    A MEISSEN PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A GENTLEMAN SEATED AT A DESK

    CIRCA 1742-1745, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS AT BACK, MODELED BY J.J. KÄNDLER

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    A MEISSEN PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A GENTLEMAN SEATED AT A DESK
    CIRCA 1742-1745, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS AT BACK, MODELED BY J.J. KÄNDLER
    Depicted as a cavalier writing a love letter with a quill pen, seated at a serpentine front and cabriole leg rectangular desk, the parchment inscribed 'Mon Ange, Je vous aimerait, Arnell '
    5 ½ in. (13.8 cm.) long


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    Kändler took inspiration from an engraving by Pierre Filloeul (1696-after 1754) with the title “Le Château de Carte” after a painting by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1779). The model is referred in Kändler's Taxa for 1740-1744 as follows: '1 Figur. einen Monsieur, der einen Liebas-Brieff schreibt, vorstellend, mit der Feder in der Hand am Tische sizend' [One figure, a monsieur writing a love-letter, while he sits at a desk and holding a feather in his hand]. One example is now at the Ansbach Residenz (Inv. Nr. P 68) and is illustrated in Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, Munich, 1966, cat. 871.

    Provenance

    Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.