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Title

The Spanish lovers, model

circa 1740

Artist

Meissen

Germany

1710 -

  • Details

    Date
    circa 1740
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    hard-paste porcelain
    Dimensions
    18.0 x 19.0 x 11.6 cm
    Credit
    On loan from Kenneth Reed
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    L2010.191
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    Artist information
    Meissen

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    Modelled by Kändler c1740–41. The group was possibly inspired by Pierre Filloeul’s engraving after Jean-Baptiste Pater’s painting ‘The kiss (Le baiser donné)’ of 1736. The figures are sometimes identified as Beltrame and Columbine from the commedia dell’arte, but they lack appropriate attributes. The group was described in factory documents as ‘Spanish’ and has generally been known as the Spanish lovers. The man is perhaps in Spanish stage dress, but the figures are probably intended to be courtiers in masquerade costume rather than actors. As in a fête galante by Watteau they enact a scene from the theatre of life.

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