Saturday, October 5, 2013

Figure of the Day: A Chinese Man and Boy, c. 1766

Figure Group
Germany, 1766
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Made in Ludwigsburg, Germany, this figure group is meant to depict an East Asian man and boy. However, their costumes owe more to European fancy dress than they do actual Asian garments. Created in 1766, this work of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilding, this piece is one of the early nods to Chinoiserie that made the style so popular.

The bottom of the piece shows an incised mark of “Elbs” which serves to record the name as the workmaster.  The figures were modeled by Joseph Anton Weinmüller (born 1743 - died 1812).  

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