Description

Meissen Porcelain Sculpture (Model C 59)

This beautiful 18th century Meissen porcelain figurine of Group of Musicians has been crafted in detail. Look at the details on the woman, holding an early guitar, with her apron rolled up on the side. Hand crafting with delicate porcelain is no easy feat yet the sculptor has managed to intricately weave the details in beautifully. The curls on the boy’s head, folds and fall of the dress and even the fur on the goat are extremely detailed.

Notice the man with a hat on the other side, pouring out wine from a goblet as other woman holds a glass. The intricate patterns on the dresses are similar  to the traditional 18th century European embroidery have been patiently painted on. Don’t miss her apron and the ruffles and folds on it. Tiny leaves can be seen near her shoe. The gilded vest and the tied waistband are notable due to the intricately crafted porcelain.  The children hold different musical instruments and the complete musical group shows the skill and technique particular to the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory.  After the porcelain figurines were carved and fired, they were hand-painted. The immense detailing on the figurine is exemplary of the porcelain sculptors and their creativity.

Press number: 110, Painter number 1

Sculpted by Michel Victor Acier 

From 1736 to 1799, Michel Victor Acier, a French sculptor was responsible for the designs and artistry at Meissen Porcelain.  Though a proponent of Classicism, he experimented and incorporated the Classicism theme in most of the Rococo or Late Baroque sculptures and porcelain figurines. The main customers of the Meissen Manufactory were the middle class that needed functional porcelain that were less ornate. Michel Victor Acier adapted to the need of the hour and decorative themes changed.