A Pair of Furstenberg Groups of a Sultan and Sultana Modelled by Anton Carl Luplau

A Pair of Furstenberg Groups of a Sultan and Sultana, Modelled by Anton Carl Luplau


1773 – 1774
Faint trace of an F in underglaze blue to the underneath of the Sultana

Sultan 24.3 cm tall, Sultana 23.0 cm tall

Only two other pairs of these rare and unusually large models are recorded. One in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig (Museum nos. 1170 & 1171), the other in the Pflueger Collection now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The only other example of the Sultan group is in the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection (illustrated in the Metropolitan Museum catalogue, no. 217), no other examples of the Sultana group are known.

Anton Carl Luplau came to Furstenberg in 1759 as a bossierer’s apprentice and received training from the court sculptor, from 1770 he was the main modeller. He later became the arcanist and head modeller in Copenhagen.

Luplau modelled these groups after engravings in Count Charles de Ferriol’s Recueil de cent estampes représentant differentes Nations du Levant, 1714. The Sultan group was later engraved by P. Simonneau after Jean-Baptiste Vanmour as Le Grand Seigneur dans le Sérail avec le Kislar Agassi, the Sultana is by G Scotin, La Sultane Asseki au Sultane Reine.

Condition – The Sultan’s left hand and the attendant’s index finger restored, regilding to top of gem on turban. The Sultana’s attendant restuck to base, restoration to her fingers and end of plaits.

Provenance – Marjorie West, Atlanta, Georgia
Sotheby’s, London, 12 and 14 September 2000, lot 72

Literature – Michael Newman, Die deutschen Porzellan-Manufakturen, Band 1, p. 328, col Plates XVIII and XIX

Hugo Morley-Fletcher, Early European Porcelain and faience as collected by Kiyi and Edward Pfleuger, London, 1993, vol. I, p.158.

For the Herzog Anton Ulrich examples see, Christina H. Nelson, The Warda Stevens Stout Collection, A History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, 2013, p. 259, fig 12.