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- Author based on Peter Reinicke’s model
- Date of production ca. 1760
- Place of creation Meissen, Saxony
- Dimensions height: 11.2 cm, width: 5.5 cm
- Author's designation at the back of the base, painted swords underglazed with cobalt
- ID no. ZKWawel 5098
- 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 woman standing in a contrapposto pose and wearing a long yellow dress with a white apron, a short pink doublet trimmed with fur and black court shoes with bows. Her head is covered by a round cap which is also trimmed with fur, and her neck is wrapped in a scarf. The woman carries a can filled with grapes in her right hand. Her left hand holds up the front of the apron, also filled with bunches of grapes. The figure is placed on an irregular pedestal covered with realistic leaves.
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. The 2nd half of the 18th century saw a departure from the Rococo style. Under the influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's philosophy, women started dressing up in shepherdess costumes, including Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, who ordered that an entire picturesque village be built exclusively for her. Idyllic pastoral scenes and scenes known as fête champêtre appeared in graphic art, as well as in minor plastic arts. There are a few statuettes of this theme in the collection of the Wawel Royal Castle: A Shepherd Playing the Flute and A Shepherdess Leading a Sheep by a Ribbon, as well as the group of figures entitled A Shepherd and a Shepherdess with a Sheep, and A Woman Feeding Poultry. The presented statuette A Woman Selling Grapes also has a rural theme.
Elaborated by Dorota Gabryś (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved