pagoda with parrot, Coloured, with gold, Limited Masterpieces

pagoda with parrot, Coloured, with gold, Limited Masterpieces

Fine-looking porcelain ousted more than just silver from 18th-century dining tables. The sugar-based "subtleties" that once adorned banqueting tables were likewise increasingly replaced by "white gold". The 1753 "Inventory Of All Porcelains" owned by the Saxon Imperial Count Heinrich von Brühl (1700-1763) already listed some four thousand sculptural items for the decoration of tables. And artists from the Meissen Manufactory were to design a great many more in the years to follow. Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775) modelled his Chinese man with fan and parrot in 1760. "Chinoiseries" had been en vogue since the beginning of the 18th century. Painting and sculptures, wall-hangings, works in silk and countless novels conjured up an exotic fairytale realm that was revered as an Eldorado of good customs, religion and administration by Enlightenment theorists such as Voltaire (1694-1778). Our Chinese man is completely relaxed and smiling happily as he sits with his parrot. His convincing facial expression, gestures and bearing, the fall of folds on his kimono with its exquisitely painted flowers, all betray the typical hallmark of Kaendler the great artist - together with a friendly composure that we, too, would do well to display more often in our day-to-day lives.

SKU: 900384-67062-1
Weight: 1050 g
Limited to 50 pieces.

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