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A GERMAN WHITE PORTRAIT FIGURE OF FRIEDRICH AUGUSTUS III
Property from the Collection of James Stillman Davison
A GERMAN WHITE PORTRAIT FIGURE OF FRIEDRICH AUGUSTUS III

ALMOST CERTAINLY MEISSEN, 19TH CENTURY

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A GERMAN WHITE PORTRAIT FIGURE OF FRIEDRICH AUGUSTUS III
ALMOST CERTAINLY MEISSEN, 19TH CENTURY
Modelled wearing a greatcoat and holding a fur hat, the Order of the Golden Fleece around his neck
29¾ in. (75.6 cm.) high

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The present figure is based on a portrait ordered by Count Heinrich Brühl, director of the factory and chief minister to Augustus III from 1733-1763. Modelled by J.J. Kändler, it was based on a portrait painted by Louis Silvestre, Cort painter to both the sitter and his father.

An 18th century example in white is in the collection of the Porzellansammlung housed in the Zwinger in Dresden. A colored example of the same date and facture as the present figure is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1993.57). Both are similarly finished, have a closed bottom regularly pierced with substancial vent holes, and deep firing cracks filled at the time of manufacture.

The origin of these figures has been questioned and the possibility that they were made at Potschappel in the late 19th century has been suggested. However, the paste, the quality of the modelling and surface finishing and the firing problems associated with the creation of a large scale figure in porcelain are consistent with production at Meissen.
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