Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm
Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm
Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm
  • Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm
  • Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm
  • Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm

Figurine "Esser Horse I", H 71 cm

Animal statuary has been enriching the artistic repertoire at MEISSEN® since the times of the legendary Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775), an early adept at authentic rendition. It is a tradition that, from 1919, was also upheld by Max Esser (1885-1945), a great animal sculptor of the 20th century. In his Meissen studio he devised a style all of his own that lent even greater momentum to porcelain figurines. He characterises his subjects' singularity with some typical movement or other: humorously in his famous "Reynard the Fox" table-centre, elegantly in his "Seagull" hovering above a wave, impishly in the way he makes his "Otter" glance back. He won a Grand Prix at the 1937 World Fair in Paris for the latter.
A further specimen in Esser's great series of slender, vibrant animal figurines is now to be admired in the form of the sculptor's first horse produced in 1928. The creature raises its whinnying head, tosses its mane and appears to be about gallop off. In inimitable manner, Esser captures the spirited essence of generously flowing body parts and realistic fine detail. He drew inspiration from Tang Dynasty horses, the breeding of which was an imperial privilege from the seventh to the tenth centuries in China. These rather stocky animals with their powerful necks and small heads were immortalised by the artists of the age in sancai "three-colour" pottery. In a departure from these earlier sculptures, where horse and base are potted separately, MEISSEN® has achieved the outstanding feat of producing porcelain sculptures in one piece - a great skill that only very few manufactories can master.

SKU: 000084-76M17-1
Weight: 23600 g
Limited to 15 pieces.

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