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- Date of production ca. 1760
- Place of creation Meissen, Saxony
- Dimensions height: 12.7 cm, width: 6.5 cm
- Author's designation at the back of the base, crossed swords painted underglaze with cobalt
- ID no. ZKWawel 5112
- 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 shows a woman bending as she holds her pink dress filled with grain with both her hands. She is standing on a small pedestal with rocaille ornamention. There are three chicks at her feet. She is wearing a shirt and a short, low-cut laced yellow bodice. Her costume is finished off with a broad flat hat and shoes, both decorated with bows.
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 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 called fête champêtre appeared in graphic art, as well as in minor plastic art. 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 A Shepherd and a Shepherdess with a Sheep. The presented statuette also has a rural theme.
Elaborated by Dorota Gabryś (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved