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Mantel Clock Meissen Hard, Paste Porcelain, 1745-1755



The clock was modeled by Johann-Joachim Kaendler, the Meissen Manufacturer’s most important modeler and designer. Its rocaille style demonstrates the influence of the Rococo trend popularized by Parisian and German artists during the mid-18th century. The evolution of interior design during the 18th century fostered a demand for luxurious objects to display in a more intimate interior setting. This period is known for the opulence and richness of its ornaments. It testifies to the great impetus that struck the decorative arts of the time: the evolution of interior design in search of luxurious The present mantel (fireplace) clock, made entirely of porcelain, is quite rare. Unlike most Parisian models of this period, which blended French or German porcelain with gilt bronze, the present example features a clock made entirely of porcelain. It serves as a showpiece to testify to the virtuosity of the artisans of Meissen. Very few such models are known today. Early examples of clocks made entirely of porcelain were discovered in 1727; one was made for Augustus II, 1670-1733, and another for Princess Elisabeth of Russia, 1709-1762. Some other examples can be found in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. As recorded, a clock depicting Jupiter and Vulcan enchaining time that was formerly in the Didier Aaron collection (Illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopedie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe siècle, Paris, 1997, p.150. A second clock, also featuring allegorical and mythological figures, was included in the sale of the Edouard Chappey collection, sold in Paris, Me Lair-Dubreuil, Galerie Georges Petit, April 29-May 3, 1907, lot 691. A further rocaille example that is stylistically close to the present model was formerly in the Edouard Chappey collection sold in Paris, Me Chevallier, June 5-7, 1907, lot 1235. Dimension: Height 45cm x 20 cm Kept in excellent condition. Shipping included Free and fast delivery door to door by air Original art work(s) from Europe.


  • Creator
    Meissen Porcelain (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)Diameter: 8.67 in. (22 cm)
  • Style
    Rococo (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    18th Century
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Lantau, HK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AACPF321stDibs: LU3936321269812

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Meissen Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain (Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen) is one of the preeminent porcelain factories in Europe and was the first to produce true porcelain outside of Asia. It was established in 1710 under the auspices of King Augustus II “the Strong” of Saxony-Poland (1670–1733), a keen collector of Asian ceramics, particularly Ming porcelain. In pursuing his passion, which he termed his “maladie de porcelaine,” Augustus spent vast sums, amassing some 20,000 pieces of Japanese and Chinese ceramics. These, along with examples of early Meissen, comprise the Porzellansammlung, or porcelain collection, of the Zwinger Palace, in Dresden. The king was determined, however, to free the European market from its dependence on Asian imports and to give European artisans the freedom to create their own porcelain designs. To this end, he charged the scientist Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus and aspiring alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger with the task of using local materials to produce true, hard-paste porcelain (as opposed to the soft-paste variety European ceramists in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Spain had been producing since the late Renaissance). In 1709, the pair succeeded in doing just that, employing kaolin, or “china clay.” A year later, the Meissen factory was born. In its first decades, Meissen mostly looked to Asian models, producing wares based on Japanese Kakiemon ceramics and pieces with Chinese-inflected decorations, called chinoiseries. During the 1720s its painters drew inspiration from the works of Watteau, and the scenes of courtly life, fruits and flowers that adorned fashionable textiles and wallpaper. It was in this period that Meissen introduced its famous cobalt-blue crossed swords logo—derived from the arms of the Elector of Saxony as Arch-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire—to distinguish its products from those of competing factories that were beginning to spring up around Europe. By the 1730s, Meissen’s modelers and decorators had mastered the style of Asian ceramics, and Augustus encouraged them to develop a new, original aesthetic. The factory’s director, Count Heinrich von Brühl, used Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s botanical drawings as the basis for a new line of wares with European-style surface decoration. The Blue Onion pattern (Zwiebelmuster), first produced in 1739, melded Asian and European influences, closely following patterns used in Chinese underglaze-blue porcelain, but replacing exotic flora and fruits with Western varieties (likely peaches and pomegranates, not onions) along with peonies and asters. During the same period, head modeler Joachim Kändler (1706–75) began crafting delicate porcelain figures derived from the Italian commedia dell’arte. Often used as centerpieces on banquet tables and decorated to reflect the latest fashions in courtly dress for men and women, these figurines, they were popular in their day, and are still considered among of Meissen’s most iconic creations. Kändler also created the Swan Service, which, with its complex low-relief surface design and minimal decoration is considered a masterpiece of Baroque ceramics. The rise of Neoclassicism in the latter half of the 18th century forced Meissen to change artistic direction and begin producing monumental vases, clocks, chandeliers and candelabra. In the 20th century, Meissen added to its 18th-century repertoire decidedly modern designs, including ones in the Art Nouveau style. The 1920s saw the introduction of numerous animal figures, such as the popular sea otter (Fischotter), which graced an East German postage stamp in the 1960s. Starting in 1933, artistic freedom was limited at the factory under the Nazi regime, and after World War II, when the region became part of East Germany, it struggled to reconcile its elite past with the values of the Communist government. In 1969, however, new artistic director Karl Petermann reintroduced the early designs and fostered a new degree of artistic license. Meissen became one of the few companies to prosper in East Germany. Owned by the State of Saxony since reunification, in 1990, Meissen continues to produce its classic designs together with new ones developed collaboratively with artists from all over the world. In addition, through its artCAMPUS program, the factory has invited distinguished ceramic artists, such as Chris Antemann and Arlene Shechet, to work in its studios in collaboration with its skilled modelers and painters. The resulting works of contemporary sculpture are inspired by Meissen’s rich and complex legacy.
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