Taken from one of Kaendler’s Crinoline Groups, special because the sculptor created a group of molds to select from in order to create variations, making each artwork in the series unique. Finding this historical information inspiring and liberating, Antemann employed it in her large Dinner Party series changing the figures and painting to reveal a new overlying theme. In this way and many others, Antemann chose to work in the old practices and ideologies of the MEISSEN® Manufactory. Antemann’s version of the Hand Kiss can be viewed as a proposal, if you find the small floral ring on her finger a clue, or merely a visit from a suitor in the intimate setting of a lady’s private chamber during the breakfast hour. Although in the 18th Century breakfast was often no more than a cup of thick, hot chocolate, the artist chose to add a more contemporary German breakfast and included meats, cheeses, breads and fruits.