Elephant, Red fine stoneware, special sign Limited Masterpieces, H 44 cm

Elephant, Red fine stoneware, special sign Limited Masterpieces, H 44 cm

With his idiosyncratic, deeply artistic approach, Max Esser (1885-1945) breathed new life into the tradition of animal statuary begun by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775) at MEISSEN®. He worked for the Manufactory from 1919 onwards after completing a sculptor's apprenticeship and a course of studies with the celebrated animal modeller August Gaul (1869-1921) at the Academy in Berlin. He became head of the Master Studio in 1923 and was raised to the rank of Professor in 1924. His forte was the stylised portrayal of animals - usually caught in some typical act, as in the case of his familiar Otter, which won him a grand prix at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, or his Seagull in Flight.

The elephant he modelled in Böttger Stoneware® in the 1920s - contemplatively at rest like some Buddha - was surprisingly different, however. The Manufactory's oldest material had just been re-invented in a new composition that encouraged artists at MEISSEN® to try their hand at modern forms of artistic expression. Esser injects a certain momentum into his sculpture despite its static posture, as is his wont. He does this by contrasting large, gently curving body sections with finely elaborated detail such as eyes and folds of skin. Calm as our thick-skinned friend may be, it exudes a vibrancy that the beholder would like to get to the bottom of - which is why this little work of art manages to fascinate us over and over again.

SKU: 949984-86M07-1
Weight: 22000 g
Limited to 25 pieces.

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