Look at this beautiful high-quality Meissen porcelain sculpture of a fisherman with a rod over his shoulder. See the delicate sculpture and yet each detail is exceptionally craved. Pure Meissen porcelain sculpture is completely handcrafted and takes skill to carve.
Designed by Hermann Hultzsch (1837- 1905), the figurines shows on-glaze painting with gilded touches to highlight the accents on the sculpture. Though it has been years since the Meissen sculpture was crafted, it is still in excellent condition and showcases the exemplary workmanship of the porcelain designer and Master Carvers.
Beautiful Meissen porcelain
The well-defined and muscled torso, the loosely worn blue tunic, the rippling effect of the well-defined fishing net and the small basket full of tiny fish is visually appealing. The use of pastel colors along with the well-designed theme adds to the charm of the Meissen sculpture. Look at the bunch of fish that are held in the basket that he holds in his left hand. See how the left leg is bent at an angle while the other leg is put straight on the ground. Notice how the fishing net falls over this right shoulder and the way it folds, giving it the feel of cloth draping over the shoulder.
The large stone beads that edge the fishing net has been clearly crafted and hand painted yellow in color. The Master Sculptor has used an array of beautiful pastel shades to highlight the versatility of high-quality porcelain. See how carefully the wooden staff that holds the fishing net has been sculpted such that it gives an effect of wooden staff. See how the links in the fishing net have been depicted. Each tiny diamond shape has been carefully etched, leaving behind a look of delicate fishing net draped over and folded. See the belt and how the tunic of the fisherman is held up. The folds in the garment and the flow of the tunic is amazingly hand carved. See the underglaze blue cross swords which authenticates it as a genuine art piece by Meissen.
Porcelain Manufactory Meissen
Porcelain has been known in Europe since the 13th century, but always had to be imported from China. Thus it was mostly of lower quality – the Chinese rarely gave their best ware to the foreigners – and extremely expensive. As demand for porcelain became greater, European alchemists tried to discover the formula to create hard-paste porcelain. The production of the first European hard-paste porcelain was the result of a collaboration between the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger and the scientist Ehrenfried Walther Graf von Tschirnhaus at the court of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, in Dresden. As a matter of fact, it was finally achieved for the first time in Europe in 1708 to produce a white hard paste porcelain and in 1710 Augustus established Europe’s first hard-paste porcelain factory in the Albrechtsburg, a palace in Meissen. The so-called ‘Böttgerporzellan’ actually had more of a stoneware quality and it was not until the year 1713 that white porcelain was available for purchase. Initially unmarked, the motif of the ‘crossed swords’ was developed in the early 1720s and used from 1723 on wards. Since then, beautifully modeled and painted figures and table services were produced at Meissen, establishing its reputation as the pre-eminent porcelain factory in Europe. Outstanding potters, modelers and painters, e.g. Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775), Johann Gottlieb Klinger (1701-1781) and Count Camillo Marcolini (1739-1814), were employed at the factory, which dominated the 18th century style of porcelain, and Meissen wares and figurines were imitated by craftsmen at other porcelain factories throughout Europe. Meissen celebrated its 300 years of existence in 2008. Until today, Meissen porcelain is known for highest quality and originality and greatly appreciated