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- Performed by Edmé Samson et Cie
- Date of production late 19th century
- Place of creation France?
- Dimensions height: 69 cm, length: 47 cm
- Author's designation painted underglaze with cobalt, inside the pedestal there are two intertwined L letters with the letter A inside and an illegible mark underneath
- ID no. ZKWawel 1446
- Availability Saxon Room
- Acquired date donated in 1937
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
A statue of Frederick Augustus II, the Elector of Saxony, and King of Poland, Augustus III, on horseback. It is an example of cabinet sculpture. Similar portrayals of Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and Marcus Aurelius, often made in bronze, were popular in the 2nd half of the century.more
The statue of Frederick Augustus II, the elector of Saxony also known as Augustus III, the King of Poland, depicts the royal figure on a rearing horse. The statue sits on an architectural pedestal decorated with volutes and cartouches. The statue shows the rider sitting back quite deeply on the horse. The king is shown is the clothing of a Roman leader with his hair styled according to the 18th-century fashion. There is no saddle on the horse and it is covered simply with a lion skin. The horse's forelegs rise up into the air, as it performs the courbette (that of the Spanish Riding School).
There are some inscriptions engraved on the pedestal: “FRID.AUGUSTUS/DUX SAXONIAE S.R.J. PRINCEPS/ELECTOR ARCHIMARESCHALCUS /IDEMQUE REX POLONIAE /AUGUSTUS II” and: “FRID.AUGUSTI II /DUCIS. SAXON. S.R.J. ELECTORIS /NEC NON REGIS POLONIAE CURAS /PATRI ET ANTECESSORI /POSITUM AD MDCCXXXVI.”
On the front of the pedestal, there is a cartouche in a wreath positioned under a crown carrying the coats of arms of Poland and Saxony. The same cartouche with the added monogram “AR” can be seen on the back.
This work is an example of the cabinet sculpture art of the 19th century. Similar portrayals of Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and Marcus Aurelius, often made in bronze, were popular in the 2nd half of the century. It is part of a collection of porcelain sculpture created by Johann Joachim Kändler and Johann Friedrich Eberlein in Meissen in 1745, currently part of the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Inv. PE 649). King Augustus III is presented, and, on the pedestal, a monument of King Augustus II cast in bronze by Ludwig Wiedemann in 1735. This was based on a model by Jean-Joseph Vinache. Originally, the monument was to be placed on the Augustus Bridge, but due to its weight, it was placed in Neustädter Markt in Dresden. The pedestal of this sculpture is a copy of an existing pedestal, a monument called the Golden Rider, which was made by Constantin Lipsius only in 1884. The inscription is inaccurate on both on the original pedestal in Dresden and on this porcelain sculpture – Frederick Augustus II, the Elector of Saxony, was crowned the King of Poland as Augustus III, not Augustus II, as the inscription states.
Elaborated by Dorota Gabryś (Royal Wawel Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved