26 - 27 November 2013
A MEISSEN FIGURE OF AN ACTOR PLAYING BAGPIPES
CIRCA 1738, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS
Modelled by J.J. Kändler, with long black curly hair, standing holding a yellow bagpipe under his left arm, wearing a long turquoise purple-lined cloak, a turquoise bow-tie, a white shirt, a red jacket with blue breeches and yellow shoes, with a black pouch on a belt at his waist, standing on a rocky mound base (cracked and restored through feet and cloak, restoration to both hands, end of pipe, tip of bow, slight wear to gilding, minute flaking to yellow enamel)
6.7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high
With Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, Munich, from whom it was acquired on 10 June 2004.
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Birte Abraham, Commedia dell'Arte, The Patricia & Rodes Hart Collection of European Porcelain and Faience, Amsterdam, 2010, pp. 14-15.
This figure is probably based on an engraving by Louis Surugue after a painting by Charles Antoine Coypel, entitled 'Daphnis'. See the similar model sold in these Rooms on 3 June 1996, lot 404.
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