A nineteenth century German polychrome porcelain figurine of a couple seated underneath a tree making music. The lady is playing the mandolin, while the gentleman is singing. Marked underneath base for Meissen, Germany. Porcelain Figurines in historical context: During the official ceremonial dinners, meals included the so- called “plats dormants” (French for sleeping dishes) or “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 Porcelain: Category A-B figurines in the mid 18 th century. These evolved into polychrome figurines during the late 18 th 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
Date: 19th Century
Dimension: Width: 20 cm Depth: 13 cm
Size: Height: 27 cm
Place of Origin: Germany
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