A MEISSEN FIGURE GROUP OF A SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS CIRCA 1744
THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN FIGURE GROUP OF A SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, as a young man reaching to pat the dog seated beside him, his left hand clasping the right hand of his companion, her hand on his shoulder, seated beneath a tree behind them, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue
height 10¼ in.
In good appearance. There is restoration to the dogs collar. Three of the branches and their leaves have been restored with an area of associated spray to the upper half reverse edge of the tree trunk. A further leaf restored. There are three extended firing cracks in the base. Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.
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Kändler's work records from 1740-1748 state: '1 Grouppgen, ein Frauenzimmer in einer Andrijan wohlgepuzt vorstellend, ingl. einen Schäffer in seinem Habit wohl angekleidet, welche einander embrassiren, worbey noch ein Schäffgen zu befinden, 12 Thlr.' [1 group, a lady well-dressed in an Andrijan, including a shepherd well-dressed in his shepherd's costume, who are embracing, with a sheep... 12 Thaler].
The group was probably based on the engraving Le Denicheur de Moineaux by François Boucher after the painting by Jean-Antoine Watteau, see Pierrette Jean-Richard, L'Œuvre grave de François Boucher, Editions des musées nationaux, 1978, p. 65, no. 158. The group was produced both with and without bocage; similar groups with a tree include the example that was in the Collections of Walter von Pannwitz, Hartekamp House, Haarlem, and Jörg Nelte, sold at Sotheby's, London, June 17, 1997, lot 113; and another from the Klemperer Collection illustrated in the collection catalogue by Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Dresden, 1928, pl. 57, cat. no. 604. Examples without a bocage include that in the Dr Ernst Schnieder Collection illustrated in Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, Munich 1966, pl. 209, no. 869; and another in Ingelore Menzhausen and Järgen Karpinski, In Porzellan verzaubert: Die Figuren Johann Joachim Kändlers in Meissen aus der Sammlung Pauls-Eisenbeiss,
Basel, 1993, p. 149.
Sotheby’s Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.