A MEISSEN FIGURE GROUP, 'THE HAND KISS' CIRCA 1738-40
THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN FIGURE GROUP, 'THE HAND KISS'
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, as a cavalier kissing the left hand of a shepherdess in front of a tree, his companion holding a crook in her right hand, the mound base with three recumbent sheep and a seated dog, applied with leaves and flowers, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue
height 10 ¼ in.
The overall good appearance. The piece is intact with some minor losses to vulnerable extremities, including the right sheep's ear. The applied leaves of the tree and base with some typical chips and losses. One small branch at back top edge of tree lacking, another stump restored. The top of the staff in her right hand restored and her right smallest finger chipped. Touched up chips to the rear sheep's front left foot and the dog's left ear.
Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Düsseldorf, Hetjens-Museum,Frühes Meissener Porzellan Kostbarkeiten aus deutschen Privatsammlungen, January 19 - April 6 1997
Kändler's Taxa or work records between 1st April and the end of July 1738 note: 'nebst einem Gesellen', mentions 'Ein sauber angekleideter Schäfer mit deßen Campagnionin, welche er bey der Hand führet und selbige Baum mit 2. ausgearbeiteten Schäfgen und einem Hund', cited by Ingelore Menzhausen and Järgen Karpinski, In Porzellan verzaubert: Die Figuren Johann Joachim Kändlers in Meissen aus der Sammlung Pauls-Eisenbeiss,
Basel, 1993, pp. 156-57.
Examples of this model were included in the renowned pre-war European porcelain Collections of Fritz Burckhardt, sold, Paul Cassirer and Hugo Helbing, Munich, December 8, 1925, no. 81; Siegfried Salz, Berlin, sold, Cassirer and Helbing, Munich, March 23-27, 1929, no. 88; Emma Budge, Hamburg, sold, Paul Graupe, Berlin, September 27-29, 1937, lot 790; and Walter von Pannwitz, Munich, which subsequently entered the Collection of Jörg Nelte and was sold at Sotheby's London, June 17, 1997, lot 114.
Sotheby’s Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.