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An image of Bagpipe player, model by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Bagpipe player, model
Year
1741
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

25.2 x 11.9 x 12.4 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.56
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

Modelled by Kändler in July–August 1741. The figure is based on an engraving of 1739 by Jacques Dumont le Romain and Jean Daullé after a painting by Dumont le Romain. As the engraving makes clear the bagpiper is a humble street entertainer; in the print he operates a puppet show with his leg. A pendant engraving showing a poor woman of Savoy with a cradle and a child formed the basis for a companion Meissen figure. The present example is unusual in having a plume in the hat. The figure was later copied at Bow.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 25 (colour illus.). cat.no. 21