Look at this beautiful Meissen sculpture of August the Strong and his mistress, Countess Cosel, designed by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775) but produced in the beginning of the 20th century. This figural group is based on the model by the leading Master Modeler, Kändler. It shows Friedrich August I of Saxony has removed his tricorn and bends over, to offer the Countess a confectionery tin, under the thick foliage of an old oak tree.
Notice the elegant and charming hunting dress along with the tricorn, which was in vogue in those days. See how the Master Modeler has sculpted high-quality porcelain lady, in detail. See how she has removed one of the gloves, so that she can pick a sweetmeat with ease. Every tiny detail has been considered and design of the sculptures proves the high skill of the artists at Meissen.
Beautiful high quality Meissen porcelain
Check the verdant canopy of the oak tree that has been artfully depicted. Notice the vivid play of colors on the well-crafted leaves, leaving the hint of autumn in the air. Notice the green and rust colored leaves that seem to move in the windy evening. Don’t miss the vibrant burgundy colored dress coat of the nobleman while the olive-green hunting coat of the gentile lady. See how well the Master Modeler has carved the bending aristocrat while the lady sits on a tree stump and her beautiful cream-colored gown spreads around the grass. Don’t miss the fallen leaves that have been highlighted with glitter.
This beautiful Meissen porcelain sculpture of the couple is authenticated as genuine porcelain with the underglaze blue crossed swords mark, a blue point, the incised model number ‘507’, the impressed number ‘101’.’ (over glaze). It is in excellent condition and is one of the rare collectibles for art connoisseurs.
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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