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Meissen around 1741
The inside and outside of the piece are decorated with gallant scenes and brilliant gold ornaments. The Bourdalou was painted around 1741 by J. G. Heintze – one of the best painters of the Meissen manufactory. Heintze used the surface entirely to unfold his mastery in painting without the cartouches typical for Meissen. As can be seen by comparative pieces of the time, there is an embedded mirror on the ground (under glas) and below it the gilt letters "Aux Plaisir des Dames".
Both scenes on the Bourdalou go back to an oil painting by Nicolas Lancret, which was later etched in copper by Nicolas Tardieu. The sheet was announced in "Mercure de France" june 1730, as part of a sequence of the four seasons (see Georges Wildenstein, Lancret, 1924, p. 49). The title of the etching, which served as model for our piece is "L‘automne". It shows a bucolic feast with the protagonists of Commedia dell'Arte: Pierrot, Gilles, Mezzetin and Columbine (the etching is depicted in Wildenstein, no. 9, fig. 6 and in Diethard Lübke, "Meißner Watteau-Dekore aus dem 18. Jahrhundert", 2013, p.24)
The name Bourdalou for the oval "Pot de chambre" originates of the priest and professor in rhetoric Louis Bourdaloue (1632 – 1704), who was the Court preacher under Louis XIV. His sermons were as much fascinating as they were long. The Court Ladies were devotedly listening to his dulcet voice (the sermons were published in eight volumes – each of more than 600 pages – between 1707 and 1716 in Paris). Legends say that the ladies reserved their places many ours before the beginning. In order not to miss anything in church they used Bourdalous (Eva Schurr in "Die Sammlung Ludwig in Bamberg, 2010, no. 66).
(published in „Cahiers de la céramique et des arts du feu“, no. 11 / 1958, André Pecker: "Bourdaloues", fig. 16 p. 129)
|Height||13.00 cm||(5.12 inches)|
|Width||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|