As a Limited Masterwork, the 28 cm high "Boy with Thorn, Bisque" shows a rarity from the archives which Meissen's outstanding craftsmanship has been able to revive. Christian Gottfried Jüchtzer's studies of antique sculptures made him a master of their copies in bisque porcelain, which were extremely popular during the Classicist period. The surface of this twice-fired and unglazed Meissen porcelain "Boy with Thorn, Bisque" resembles marble or alabaster from which ancient statues were carved. Christian Gottfried Jüchtzer modelled the figurine "Boy with Thorn" in 1798 after a cast of the Roman original from the Mengs cast collection in Dresden. Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779) had amassed an extensive collection of ancient Roman sculptures from his stays in Italy.