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An image of Cellist by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Cellist
Year
circa 1740-1745
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

14.9 x 10.5 x 8.2 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.55
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

Kändler is recorded working on figures of musicians playing the lute and the viola da gamba in 1739 and 1741. Reinicke was also employed on a lute player in 1743. There seems to be no corresponding record of a cello player, but this figure may date from around the same period. The factory later went on to produce extensive orchestras of both human and monkey musicians. These included another cellist modelled perhaps by Kändler and Reinicke c1750–55 which forms part of the so-called ‘gallant orchestra’.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 25 (colour illus.). cat.no. 20