Sunday, December 8, 2013

Figure of the Day: A London Dandy, c. 1754

London Dandy
Germany, c. 1754
The Victoria & ALbert Museum

Here’s a German idea of the image of a London Dandy. Made by Meissen around 1754, this figure of hard-paste porcelain is gilded and painted with enamels. The modeler has taken great pains to depict the costume of an English dandy accurately. He’s shown with his long lilac coat, his crimson cuffs, his tri-corne hat, long wig and feathers. The scrolled base is picked out in gold, making it the height of Rococo fun.

The figure is the work of one of my favorite Meissen modelers, Johann Joachim Kändler (1706 -1775).

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