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- Author based on Peter Reinicke’s? model
- Date of production ca. 1760
- Place of creation Meissen, Saxony
- Dimensions height: 15 cm, width: 6.5 cm
- ID no. ZKWawel 5099
- 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. Along the entire length of the table, next to the silverware and the china, sat an arrangement of many statuettes in the form of garden paths, streets or castle arcades, placed on a mirror sheet or coloured sand.more
The statuette presents a Polish noble woman in a dancing pose. She stands in a contrapposto pose, with her head turned right, and she is holding up her long yellow dress, showing the hem of her petticoat and her red court shoes with bows. Her outerwear consists of a short crimson doublet trimmed with fur, slit sleeves rolled back, and a light blue cap also trimmed with fur. The figure is standing on a small round pedestal covered with a detailed plant 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, sat 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 decoration 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