Lot 481: A Meissen porcelain figural group, The Vintners, 1815-1860

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Description: A Meissen porcelain figural group

The Vintners, 1815-1860

After the 1770-1775 model by Michel Victor Acier (French, 1736-1799) after drawings "Modell-No. 61274, old Form-No. 12" by Johann Eleazar Zeissig, also called Schönau, (German, 1737-1806); the underside with blue underglaze crossed sword mark, scratch mark "J.2", and impressed mark "92."

H: 12 1/2 in.



PROVENANCE:

The Lucas family Collections, Baltimore
Thence by descent to Bertha Lucas (died 1943)
Bequeathed by Bertha Lucas to the manager of Lucas Brothers, Jesse G. Kaufman, 1943
Thence by descent to the present owner
Condition Report: In overall fine condition, with notable but reparable losses. Loss to the hand and viola of one female figure. Loss of leg and to knee of another male figure. Losses to fingers throughout. Lower half of ladder missing, and not full to floor. No repairs or restorations visible. Piece intact, lid and base are original to one another. (see additional images.). Wear to surface commensurate with age and use.


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Notes: Michel Victor Acier studied at the Académie Royale at Paris, likely under Etienne Falconet and Louis Claude Vassé. In 1764 after an unpromising beginning in Franze, he went to Saxony to work as modeler at the Meissen Porcelain manufactory.

Acier appears to have made no friends at Meissen, and was criticized by fellow artists there -- likley because his work was a departure from the baroque work of Kändler. This difficult period of transaition during what is known as the ''Marcolini-period'' of the Meissen porcelain manufactury is when Acier worked to balance Meissen''s famous classicism and the new trend of romantic sentimentality.

Ultimately, Acier left for Prussia, where Frederick the Great was hiring foreign sculptors. Acier''s best works come from his late period in Prussia, and in 1787, he was made an honorary member of the Prussian academy.
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