A LUDWIGSBURG MODEL OF A VENETIAN FAIR DRESSMAKER'S SHOP OR MARCHAND DE MODE
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buy… Read more THE LUDWIGSBURG JAHRMARKT OR 'CARNAVAL DE VENISE' The following fifteen lots are from the Jahrmarkt or Carnaval de Venise Series, which is traditionally associated with the divertissement given for his court by Duke Carl Eugen of Würtemburg. This fair was held at Ludwigsburg marketplace every year following the Duke's visit to Venice in 1767-8. The models are after designs by G.F.P. Riedel. Some appear to pre-date the first year of the fair and are attributable to Jean Jacques Louis (Modellmeister as early as 1762) and the 'Elbs' modeller working 1760-65. See 'Alt Ludwigsburger Porzellan' Schloss Ludwigsburg Exhibition Catalogue (1959), no. 118 et seq.
A LUDWIGSBURG MODEL OF A VENETIAN FAIR DRESSMAKER'S SHOP OR MARCHAND DE MODE

CIRCA 1765, INCISED 3 P S

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A LUDWIGSBURG MODEL OF A VENETIAN FAIR DRESSMAKER'S SHOP OR MARCHAND DE MODE
CIRCA 1765, INCISED 3 P S
The rectangular half-timbered frame booth with a sloping slatted roof at the back, the splayed side-walls each with a door with an arched aperture, the front with a counter below an elaborate arched opening surmounted by a shaped gilt-edged and marbled pediment, the central escutcheon edged with gilt scrolls and inscribed Marchand. de Mode. in puce below a gilt knop finial, the shop interior with a green ceiling and walls with dark-brown strutts, the back wall painted to simulate shelves storing fabrics, fans, hats and various hanging garments, the top of the counter with various accessories including a fan and a box with a necklace, the shop frame on six small bracket feet (slight chipping to bracket feet, each side of pediment lacking finials, hairline cracks to side walls from front posts, minute areas of wear to gilding)
6 in. (15 cm.) high
Provenance
Otto and Magdalena Blohm Collection
Their daughter, Beatrice Blohm von Rumohr.
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Lot Essay

For a 'Marchand de Mode' of very similar form also from the Blohm Collection, see Robert Schmidt, Early European Porcelain as Collected by Otto Blohm (Munich, 1953), col. pl. 80, no. 293. Another similar example from the Thornton Wilson Collection is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and another is illustrated by Hans Dieter Flach, Ludwigsburger Porzellan (Stuttgart, 1997), p. 591, no. 740. For a 'Marchand d'Epiceries' of the same form which is illustrated with a stall of more makeshift design (propped on a box and stilts), see Hans Christ, Ludwigsburger Porzellanfiguren (Stuttgart and Berlin, 1921), pl. 58. The same two shops are illustrated by Leo Balet, Ludwigsburger Porzellan (Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1911) with three other stalls (of the more makeshift type, see no. 202 for the 'Marchand d'Epiceries'). Three of these stalls are inscribed 'Ells' or 'Elbs', and they are also illustrated in the article by Reinhard Jansen, 'Die Macht Einer Signatur Oder Zur Zuschreibung Einer Ludwigsburger Schäfergruppe', Keramos, April 1985, p. 10.
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