A Figurine of a Couple Playing The Piano And Cello Porcelain German, 19th Century
A nineteenth century porcelain figurine of a couple playing music, the gentleman the piano, the lady the cello. Marked in underglaze blue of a letter F with a crown.
Porcelain Figurines in historical context: During the official ceremonial dinners, meals included the so- called “plats dormants” (French for sleeping dishes) or
Porcelain: Category B “Schauessen” (German for “watchdishes”). The terms refer to a dish, which is not to be eaten, but merely put on display. Generally, sugar figurines with colorful jellies were prepared by confectioners weeks and months in advance, serving only a decorative purpose to please the eye at the table. These types of decorative sugar-works were replaced by biscuit porcelain figurines in the mid 18th century. These evolved into polychrome figurines during the late 18th century and showcased various scenes usually related to music, dance, romance etc..
Further reading: Ingrid Haslinger, Ehemalige Hofsilber & Tafelkammer: Der kasierliche Haushalt, Tafelkultur, 1997, p. 17, 54. Johann Georg Krünitz: Oekonomische Encyklopädie oder allgemeines System der Staats-, Stadt-, Haus- und Landwirtschaft in alphabetischer Ordnung, Bd. 140, Berlin: Pauli, 1825, S. 642
Porcelain, marked underglaze blue, Dresden? *damage on dress"
Date: 19th Century
Dimension: Height: 19 cm Width: 33 cm Depth: 17 cm
Place of Origin: Germany
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