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- Author based on Johann Joachim Kändler and Peter Reinicke’s model
- Date of production 1756–1760
- Place of creation Meissen, Saxony
- Dimensions height: 15.3 cm, width: 10.5 cm
- ID no. ZKWawel 5096
- Availability Saxon Hall
- Acquired date donated in 1966
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
During the mid-18th century it was popular to set the table on the occasion of the most important ceremonies with porcelain statuettes forming rich iconographic stories.
Among the display of the typical national figures, undoubtedly seen as quite exotic in the eyes of Western Europe, one could be find considerable numbers of Poles, whose rich traditional noble attire and bent sabres with eastern ornamentation must have been fascinating to the Saxon court.
The statuette presents a Polish nobleman in a dancing pose, with shaved head and a bushy moustache. He wears yellow boots, a flowery yellow żupan (the traditional dress of Polish noblemen) buttoned up to the neck, as well as a pink kontusz (a long robe worn by the Polish gentry) with slit sleeves rolled back and girdled with a crimson sash. The figure stands on a small round pedestal covered with a flowery decoration and rocaille ornamentation.
During the mid-18th century it was popular to set the table on the occasion of the most important ceremonies with porcelain statuettes forming rich iconographic stories. Along the entire length of the table, next to the silverware and the china, at an arrangement of many statuettes in the form of garden paths, streets or castle arcades, placed on a mirror sheet or coloured sand. Among the display of typical national figures, undoubtedly seen as quite exotic in the eyes of Western Europe, one could be find considerable numbers of Poles, whose fine traditional noble attire and bent sabres with eastern ornamentation must have been fascinating to the Saxon court. This theme was followed by manufactory model makers. The first statuette of a Pole was created even in 1725 and was the work of Fritzsche. Statuettes created by Johann Joachim Kändler, Johann Friedrich Eberlein, Peter Reinicke and Friedrich Elias Meyer date back to the 1740s. In the Wawel collection, there are six statuettes of Polish women and sixteen of Polish men, as well as a group of figures wearing kontusz costumes entitled A Polish Kiss.
Elaborated by Dorota Gabryś (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved