13 May 2003
A French ormolu, chinese lacquer and Meissen porcelain encrier with timepiece
The ormolu late 18th or early 19th Century, the Meissen figure attributed to Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706-1775), circa 1749-1752
The shaped naturalistic platform with an inkwel and sandbox, centred by the figure of a putto with a lantern, with a blossoming tree behind, issuing a multitude of branches with purple-painted wooden flowers, and two scrolling branches with cup-shaped nozzles, centred by a watch, the movement signed de Bourdainville a Paris, with a chain fusee movement with square waisted pillars, chased and pierced cock and silvered regulation disc
28 cm. high x 26 cm. wide x 20 cm. deep, the figure 9.7 cm. high
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Abraham L. den Blaauwen, 'Meissen en het Journal van Lazare Duvaux', Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum 9 (1961), pp. 18-25.
Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2000, p. 152, cat. no. 329, illustrated.
This Meissen putto with lantern, probably an allegory of night, is one of a large series of winged putti made between 1748 and 1752. The sales ledgers kept by Lazare Duvaux, an important Parisian marchand-mercier, between 1748 and 1758, are an important source of information for the production dates of Meissen figures, and who they were sold to. Duvaux bought unmounted porcelain figures which he then sold on to his clientele after providing ormolu mounts for them.
In December 1752 Duvaux sold a group of twenty-eight of these putti to Mme de Pompadour. The figure with the lantern is rare, only two other examples are known. The Prinz Georg Palais in Darmstadt has one and the other was in the L. Lewin collection in Leipzig.
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