Meissen figure of the muse Terpsichore, by Kaendler, C. 1745

$7,800.00 AUD

Meissen group of large size, depicting Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance and Lyrical Poetry, from a series of the nine Greek muses (the daughters of Zeus); depicted seated on a rocky outcrop playing a large lute, a book and bagpipes at her feet, a young girl and boy dancing to one side, with a tree with leaves and fruit to the other, the whole picked out in lifelike enamels and gilt highlights. Crossed swords mark to base, Modelled by J. J. Kaendler, circa 1745


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20cm high, 15cm wide


ref. Adams - Meissen Figures - p129 for discussion & p130 for illustration of some of the muses, Adams - Meissen Portrait Figures p79 for one more: this example is not illustrated in the literature, and is one of the 3 missing muses..... The original set of 9 along with a figure of Apollo were ordered by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in 1744, and the order was fulfilled by Kaendler

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