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- Author Johann Joachim Kändler, Johann Friedrich Eberlein
- Date of production ca. 1739
- Place of creation Meissen, Saxony
- Dimensions height: 24.5 cm, diameter: base – 16.7 cm
- Author's designation at the bottom, crossed swords painted underglaze with cobalt
- ID no. ZKWawel 8981
- Availability Saxon Hall
- Acquired date purchased in 2007
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
The so-called Swan Set, the most famous of porcelain sets, was made in the Royal Manufactory in Meissen during the years 1737–1742, on the commission of Heinrich, Count von Brühl, later the First Minister of Augustus III.more
A candlestick on a tri-axis base which consists of large shells, as well as wide and plastically decorated fields imitating a scallop shell. The shaft is constructed of the rocaille ornament, with figural decoration in the form of two putti and rocaille cartouches bearing the coat of arms of Brühl-Kolowrat-Krakowský, with a coronet, mantling, and with a sash of the Order of the White Eagle. The rounded part of the candlestick intended for gathering the dripping wax is in the shape of a goblet and is decorated with small raised leaves. The coats of arms, the putti's hair, features, and complexions, as well as pink and yellow fabric on their hips were artistically decorated. The form of the candlestick is modelled on the design of a two-putti candlestick, a work of a Paris goldsmith, Juste Aurèle Meissonnier.
The so-called Swan Set, the most famous of porcelain sets, was made in the Royal Manufactory in Meissen during the years 1737–1742, on the commission of Heinrich, Count von Brühl, later the First Minister of Augustus III. He commissioned it for the occasion of his wedding to Maria Anna Kolowrat-Krakowský. The design was created and executed mostly by Johann Joachim Kändler, in cooperation with Johann Friedrich Eberlein and Johann Gottlieb Ehder.
The set consisted of about 3000 pieces. It included a dinner set, dishes for serving coffee, tea and chocolate, containers for serving sweets (preserves, candied fruit, and marzipan) and seasonings (salt, olive oil, vinegar, and mustard), as well as table decorations (surtout de table) and room decorations (wall candle holders, large candelabra, and candlesticks). The design was solely reserved for the Brühl family, and for two hundred years, only single items were made in order to supplement the set with lost or broken elements. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were around 1,400 elements left. In 1945, the set was eighty per cent destroyed, and those vessels which are preserved turn up very rarely on the antique market.
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