Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm
Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm
Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm
  • Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm
  • Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm
  • Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm

Figure group "Evening", H 36 cm

So many leading lights of history have cast their eyes over the Elbe from Dresden's "Brühl Terrace" that it has come to be dubbed the "Balcony of Europe". The showpiece architectural ensemble was opened up to the public in the early 19th century and an imposing flight of steps was added. In 1861, the sculptor Johannes Schilling (1828-1910) was commissioned to endow the step structure with a series of four "Times of Day" figure groups. The allegorical work turned out to be the sculptor's artistic breakthrough. It attracted the attention of the famous architect Gottfried Semper (1803-1879), who duly contracted Schilling to design the "Panther Quadriga" that still surmounts the portal to the Semper Opera House today. Numerous further jobs subsequently took him to all corners of Europe.
In 2013, MEISSEN® kicked off a project to re-issue Schilling's sculptures in porcelain with the "Morning" figure group. The new medium reveals what a wealth of captivating detail there is in his early works, detail brought out to even greater effect by the most intricate use of colour. "Noon" followed in 2015, and now "Evening" likewise appears in all its allure: a powerfully masculine figure who, when his day's work is done, indulges in the pleasant sides of life - to wit wine, women and song. Holding a drinking vessel in one hand and a dancing girl complete with tambourine in one arm, the man, who also sports a laurel wreath, listens attentively to the lute music being played by another girl at his feet. The work of Johannes Schilling has lost none of its symbolic thrust more than 150 years on. What we have here, in short, is great art in miniaturised form.

SKU: 900384-73679-1
Weight: 10600 g
Limited to 10 pieces.

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