Clock with Meissen figures


Johann Joachim Kaendler, Johann Friedrich Eberlein, Peter Reinicke, Jean-Baptiste van Mour, Nicolas Lancret, Antoine-Robert Bunon

Meissen Porcelain Factory, Vincennes Porcelain Factory, Paris (mounts), between 1744 and 1787

Hard-paste porcelain, soft-paste porcelain, bronze, gilded

H. 55.5 cm

Gift of the Freundeskreis des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums e.V. in 1966

Inv. No. 66/211

Gallery 37

Ceramics, Porcelain, Clocks and Scientific Instruments

Baroque and Rococo


In the 18th century, Parisian luxury goods retailers created a new fashion. They had combined various luxury goods, including Meissen porcelain figures, with fire-gilded bronze mountings and French porcelain flowers to form decorative ensembles. This resulted in the creation of elaborate candlesticks, writing sets or mantel clocks whose individual parts were not necessarily contextually connected. Here a pair of Turks playing music flank a lady in courtly costume feeding a parrot with cherries. A harlequin standing behind her mockingly imitates the lady, thus alluding to the piquant symbolism, as the cherry was considered a symbol of virginity that should not be given away lightly.

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