A RARE MEISSEN FIGURE OF A DANCER, 'L'INDIFFÉRENT' THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1740, THE DECORATION LATER
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, in theatrical pose, wearing a black tricorn hat with two feathers, a yellow-lined red cloak draped over his right arm, a puce-tunic painted with dark puce flowers and gilt-frogging, green breeches with puce bows, with a dagger at his side.
Height: 7½ in.
Restoration to hat and feathers and both hands. His extended left arm has been restored back on a the shoulder. Restored chips to edges of cloak.
All restoration has been well done and is not immediately apparent.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Sotheby's London, March 12, 1968, lot 165
Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, Munich, March 2006
von Wallwitz, 2006, pp. 48-53, cat. no. 5
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 46, p. 258, illus.
This figure is listed in Kändler's Taxa or overtime work records between April 1st and the end of July 1738: 'Einen nach Watteauischen Kupfferstich geferttigeten Tänzer, mit einer Feder auf den Huth, auf der rechten Achßel hat er ein Mäntelgen hangen', [a dancer completed after a Watteauesque engraving, with a feather on his hat, he has a small cloak hanging on his right arm], Ulrich Pietsch, Die Arbeitsberichte des Meissener Porzellanmodelleurs Johann Joachim Kaendler, 1706-1775, Leipzig, 2002, p. 59.
A second example of this figure was in the Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer Collection, Dresden, illustrated in the collection catalogue by Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Porzellansammlung Gustav von Klemperer, Dresden, 1928, no. 558. This example was sold at Bonhams London, December 8, 2010, lot 42. At least two other figures have appeared at auction, one sold at Christie's London, March 1, 1993, lot 225; and another at Sotheby's London, June 5, 1951, lot 161. The latter example was acquired by Irwin Untermyer and was gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 64.101.83. Sotheby’s Scientific Research department used non-invasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was detected.