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- Author Johann Friedrich Eberlein
- Date of production 1741
- Place of creation Miśnia, Saksonia
- Dimensions height: 18 cm
- ID no. MŻKW V/580
- Object copyright Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
This is a figurine-shaped porcelain salt shaker with a container for salt. A very decorative figure of black woman with a basket was created in the oldest European porcelain workshop in Meissen, near Dresden. It was made according to the model developed by Johann Friedrich Eberlein in 1741.more
This is a figurine-shaped porcelain salt shaker with a container for salt. A very decorative figure of black woman with a basket was created in the oldest European porcelain workshop in Meissen, near Dresden. It was made according to the model developed by Johann Friedrich Eberlein in 1741. This complicated composition, using a difficult porcelain technique, was carried out with a real artistry, by creating the figurine of a woman from the then very exotic Africa.
On an oval pedestal with a malleable motif of flowers, the artist presented the figure of a half-naked black woman, standing near a felled tree. A slightly inclined woman’s figure turns a little to the left, has a turban on her head, and pink fabric surrounds her hips. In front of her, there is a large, covered basket with a wicker plaid. It is decorated with ductile twigs with fruits and landscapes in framed miniatures. The individual elements have been hand-painted in a wide range of colours.
The figurine belongs to the very fashionable 18th century sculptures in porcelain, which enriched the table setting. The Saxon workshop in Meissen was famous for the production of such figures. True artists and talented sculptors were the authors of countless painted figures of human and animal figures, often depicted in elaborate and graceful poses. It was typical for tables from this era to feature complex decorations composed of numerous figures, among which the most splendid sets included as many as 140 elements, such as the Temple of Love from the middle of the 18th century. It is believed that the best expression of what was most vivid and charming in the Rococo period should be sought in Saxon figurines. For a long period, the porcelain products based on them became examples of valued and sought-after accessories, enriching the table setting. Objects from the early period of production from Meissen, such as the black woman with a basket, are currently reaching high prices in the antiquarian market.
Elaborated by Klementyna Ochniak-Dudek (Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka), © all rights reserved