Beautifully colored in his lilac/purple reggae shirt, three-cornered, featd hat and wonderful minty green pants; this is one hip monk. Upon inspection, I see no damage.
The drummer measures 5Â½" tall and weighs 165g on a good food scale. Nice liberal use of gold at the base.
As quoted from H. Davies, from his August 24, 2005, newsletter, "...one of the most well known series of Meissen figures [is the] ' Der Affenkapelle ' or the monkey orchestra. This series has been a firm favourite with collectors from the time that it was created in 1753, by the modeller J.J.Kaendler, right up to the present day. It is also one of the most copied of any of the Meissen productions. Kaendler probably drew inspiration from the sketches of monkeys dressed in ceremonial court dress playing musical instruments by Christophe Huet (1700-1759). Huet was in demand by the French nobility to decorate their homes with murals and one commission by the Prince de Conde resulted in the Chateau de Chantilly being decorated with murals of monkeys in human dress. The Marquise de Pompadour who was a great patron of the arts, amongst other things, bought nineteen monkey musicians in 1753 and due to their popularity the moulds had to be re-worked in 1765/66 with the help of Peter Reinicke. ...
The monkey musicians from the eighteenth century are hard to find and can be expensive despite the fact that most need restoring. A price of Â£2,000 to Â£3,500 can be expected. The monkeys from the nineteenth century are naturally more common but t can be quite a difference in quality..."
The crossed swords "X" of Meissen and the interlocking "L" of Sevres were very attractive to both the copyist as well as the forger not only in Germany and France but also in England e.g.Derby, Bristol, Coalport, Lowestoft and Worcester). All tried to imitate not only the style, modelling, coloring and as well as the Meissen marks. However, the distinctive palette of Meissen eluded them as well as the superlative modelling. The best copies of Meissen were made by the French company - Samson est. in 1854. Samson achieved a very high quality in terms of modelling and coloring, but their pure white paste of the porcelain is totally different from the flecky grayish paste of Meissen. Samson used a crossed blue scissors mark similar to the crossed swords mark of Meissen. Other German factories such as Fulda, Fustenberg, and Ludwigsburg copied Meissen in the 19th century as a better knowledge of the different plastes/enamels became better known. Other Germany factoies such as Wallendorf, Nymphenburg, and Limbach followed suit in the imitation process. The companies of Tournai in Belgium; Weesp in Holland and Choisy-le-Roi, Fountainbleau, and Montreuil in France were also busy imitating the Meissen marks.
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Although this auction is for the cello player only, he is one of a group of three other monkey band members who have been playing together for decades: The monkeys playing the cello, the drum and the horn. The magnificent band leader is most unusual, with his marvelous expression and wonderful clothing.
These three other pieces are available in my other auctions now running concurrently. If you should bid and win all four pieces, I will split shipping and insurance - even if you live abroad.
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