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... read more