Meissen Gorgeous Rococo Mantel / Table Clock and Pair of Candlesticks,
-- made of GILDED / GILT BRONZE - mounted in ormolu
-- abundantly decorated with sculptured figurines & flowers made of PORCELAIN
Hallmarked: Blue Meissen Sword Mark
Dating: made circa 1770 (= PRE-MARCOLINI PERIOD !)
-- porcelain, glossy finish (concerning clockface as well as multicolored painted flowers & figurines)
-- bronze (fire-gilt), concerning various parts of clock and candlesticks (for example bases and clockcase)
-- painted metal threads (concerning bundles of leaves at base of table clock)
-- brass (concerning hands of clock)
-- glass (concerning door of clockface)
Technique: handmade porcelain and fire-gilding (moulded bronze)
Style: Rococo (made third quarter of 18th century)
-- ORMOLU TABLE / MANTEL CLOCK, having clockcase made of FIRE GILT BRONZE:
The clockface is surrounded by stunning leaves and scrolls of most elegant appearance. The clockcase topped by a sculptured parrot's figurine (= made of porcelain) is attached to straight stand from which leafy stems - made of FIRE GILT BRONZE, too - are growing out, edging the bronze clockcase in finest manner: Please note that the mentioned bronze stems are covered with nicest porcelain flower's blossoms (= roses, spring snowflakes, lilies, etc.) which are sculptured in most lifelike manner. Additionally, the mentioned clockcase's stand is attached to FIRE GILT BRONZE BASE having Rocaille feet.
The bronze base is decorated with sculptured figurines (= a couple making music and a pug dog). Additionally, there are two bundles of leaves with porcelain flower's blossoms attached to bronze base, evoking figurines' background (the leafy bundles are made of green painted metal threads).
-- PAIR OF ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS, each of them having base made of FIRE GILT BRONZE and manufactured in following manner:
There are leafy stems existing - made of FIRE GILT BRONZE, too - to which various porcelain flowers' blossoms (for example roses and pinks) are attached / the mentioned stems - arranged like a pair - seem to grow out from base, crossing each other in middle area and finally topped by grommet for putting the candle into. The bronze bases are decorated with plaques made of painted porcelain, depicting winged cherubs.
-- FIGURAL DECORATIONS:
The Rococo Figurines - the woman clad in garments in style of gardeners / the man wearing a harlequin's costume - are musicians:
The young harlequin plays the bagpipes whereas the female gardener makes music by playing the hurdy-gurdy. A lovely pug dog - scratching itself - has taken place between the couple.
° Harlequin with Bagpipes - it is model 261 (model once created circa 1736)
° Female Gardener with Hurdy-Gurdy - it is model 167 (model once created circa 1736, too)
° Pug Dog Scratching Itself - it is model R 6a (model once created circa 1740, re-modelled in 19th century by unknown modeller)
Decorated with sculptured figurines depicting a
° God of River - it is model 1676 (model once created circa 1752)
° Goddess of River - it is model 1674 (model once created circa 1752)
Both figurines are Allegory of Water, supporting themselves on receptacles / vases of which the water is pouring out.
MENTIONED FIGURINES MODELLED BY:
JOHANN JOACHIM KAENDLER (born in 1706 near Dresden / Germany - died 1775 in Meissen).
Kaendler was chief sculptor at Meissen manufactory as from 1742 until the year 1775. He is the most famous modeller Meissen manufactory ever had and created well-known series such as Shepherd & Gardener Figurines, Comedian's Children, Gardener Children (with Acier), Paris Town Criers (with Reinicke and Meyer), Gallant Figurines, Asian Figurines, Comedians & Harlequins etc.
Rainer Rueckert, Meissener Porzellan (= Meissen Porcelain) 1710 - 1810, Munich 1966, pages 194 & 268
Sabine & Thomas Bergmann, Meissen Figures / Model Numbers 1 - 3000, Erlangen / Germany 2017,
page 335 (catalogue number 1762) and page 336 (catalogue number 1763) & page 593 (catalogue number 2315) and page 594 (catalogue number 2317)
-- PORCELAIN CLOCKFACE protected by bronze door having domed glass attached to middle area / two hands made of brass (= for hour as well as for minute) existing. Latin (Roman) as well as Arabic Numerals visible. Original key & pendulum existing. The clock is chiming every half an hour.
MEASURES / DIMENSIONS:
height: 42.0 cm / 16.53 inches
width: 25.0 cm / 9.84 inches
depth: 15.0 cm / 5.90 inches
height: 12.8 cm / 5.05 inches (male harlequin)
height: 12.2 cm / 4.80 inches (girlish musician)
height: 7.0 cm / 2.75 inches (God of River)
height: 7.0 cm / 2.75 inches (Goddess of River)
height: 29.0 cm / 11.41 inches
width: 16.0 cm / 6.29 inches
depth: 13.0 cm / 5.11 inches
CONDITION: VERY GOOD
Due to age, there are tiny chips at a very few petals of flower's blossoms visible. Apart from that, there aren't any damages existing. The clock's mechanism is working well.
This Meissen Table Clock and Candlesticks will be excellently wrapped and packed in special box.