Jan 23, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
Jan 23, 2008

Figural Group: Musicians

Figural Group: Musicians

c. 1737


Meissen Porcelain Factory

(German, est. c. 1710)

modeled by

Johann Joachim Kändler

(German, 1706–1768)


Overall: 20 x 29.2 x 16.7 cm (7 7/8 x 11 1/2 x 6 9/16 in.)

Gift of Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc. 1952.2


An elegantly dressed couple accompany one another in a duet while seated on a tall-backed settee in this German porcelain figurine. The woman is likely playing a lute, an early form of the guitar, while the gentleman joins in with a wooden flute. Their music-making reflects their courtship and intimacy—a typical symbolic gesture rendered in such figural ceramic sculptures.

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Decorative Arts
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