This amazingly handcrafted Meissen monkey band member- the drummer has been modeled in the 18th century and that makes it a rare and expensive. It has been assessed to be in prime condition and measures 5.5 inches tall and weighs around 165 gm.
Handcrafted Meissen monkey band member
Notice the beautiful green colored reggae shirt, purple stripped pants and three cornered, feathered hat, that the Meissen monkey wears. Notice the fur on the monkey which is colored grey, and has been hand painted. Look at the grey streaks on the face that the Master Modeler has painted to give an effect of fur. See the pink nostrils, and lips with flesh colored fingers and nose. Look at the white head of hair, which gives it an aristocratic air. While the blue and pink colored feather on the hat gives it a beautiful retro look.
This figure is part of a series of Monkey Orchestra, which was designed by master modeler J.J. Kaendler in the 18th century. It is an exemplary example of the Baroque era figurines at Meissen. The theme was based on satirical designed monkeys dressed to mimic humans. Look at the green coat with gilded edges and golden buttons. Though dressed in Rococo-outfitted designs, the Meissen monkey is clearly visible with the animal paws and tail. Notice the red and pink diamond shapes on the drum while the blue-ribbon bows seem to be tied around it. The looped black strap passes through the circumference of the drum and is entwined around the monkey’s wrist.
Standing next to a tree stump, playing the drum, the monkey looks classy and charming. The unique band of musicians were in vogue when they were crafted and remain one of the most popular collectible among the Baroque collections even today.
Model Number 14. Painter Number: 1 , Press Number: 128Y
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