Figure of a Wild Boar in Böttger stoneware, H 37 cm
Figure of a Wild Boar in Böttger stoneware, H 37 cm
  • Figure of a Wild Boar in Böttger stoneware, H 37 cm
  • Figure of a Wild Boar in Böttger stoneware, H 37 cm

Figure of a Wild Boar in Böttger stoneware, H 37 cm

In his attempt to find the right ingredients with which to produce porcelain, Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682-1719) experimented with firing clays from the region in Dresden. Thus it was that, in 1707, i.e. two years before he invented white porcelain, he came up with what he called "fine red porcelain" - a very hard reddish-brown stoneware. This red ware was, however, eclipsed by "white gold®" soon after Böttger's death and its formulation was forgotten. A good two hundred years were to pass before William F. Funk (1879-1945), then Technical Director at MEISSEN®, developed a very similar red stoneware body that came to be known as "Böttger Stoneware®". Max Esser (1885-1945), one of the most noted sculptors and plastic artists of the early twentieth century and head of the MEISSEN® Master Studio from 1924 to 1931, felt inspired by the "new" material. He used it to produced numerous figures of animals such as his Otter, prize-winner at the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, or a chess set comprising 32 mythical creatures.
Said chess pieces include a wild boar that Meissen master-school graduate Maria Walther has now re-modelled in a larger format and more contemporary style. Her senses honed by the training she received at the School of Product Design, Maria Walther was immediately won over by the clean lines and shapes that characterise Esser's work, much as they do her own formal vocabulary. Like the great master before her, she, too, has succeeded in injecting a very modern vibrancy into this stylised animal sculpture.

SKU: 949984-86221-1
Weight: 4200 g
Limited to 25 pieces.

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