The sculptor Richard Langer was introduced to the Meissen manufactory by Paul Scheurich as early as 1913, though the first models were only purchased from him in 1919. The manufactory director, Max Adolf Pfeiffer, wrote to the sculptor in December 1924, thanking him for photographs of a new model for which he expressed his great enthusiasm. That model - the Madonna - was produced in porcelain the following year, and Pfeiffer even had one in his office, writing to Langer that this "completely wonderful piece gives me pleasure every day." See C.Marusch-Krohn, Meissener Porzellan 1918-1933 Die Pfeifferzeit, pp.121ff., and ill.104, for another example of the model in the Grassi-Museum, Leipzig. Another example was sold in these Rooms, 2nd June 2005, lot 77.
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