A MEISSEN FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN IMMACULATA

A MEISSEN FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN IMMACULATA

Probably modelled by Johann Gottlieb Kirchner
Circa 1730-33
19.5 cm high
Crossed swords mark in blue to underside of base

The Virgin crushing the serpent under foot, on the celestial globe flanked by three cherubs. The canted rectangular base embellished with gilding. Her halo and robes richly gilt.

The Residenz Munich

Another example of this figure from the Bavarian electoral collection in the Residenz, Munich, was published by R. Rückert, in the Munich exhibition in 1966 (no. 901), where he notes that Kirchner recorded ‘1. Marienbild mit beschlagenem Postament‘ [1. Figure of Mary with canted pedestal] between 1730 and 1733.

The boldly blown robes suggest the baroque modelling of J. G. Kirchner (1706-1768) who left Meissen in 1733. In the years between 1731 and 1733 when Kirchner was working on the project to create the huge animals for the Japanese Palace he was also engaged in series of religious figures. In October 1731 drawings for “Altären” were sent by the King to the manufactory, Kirchner is also known to have made a model of St. John Nepomuk at this time.

Condition: Small chip to halo

References:
Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, exhibition catalogue, (Hirmer, Munich, 1966), no. 854, no. 901

Price: £15,000