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Model by Johann Joachim Kaendler 1735
Formed and painted c. 1735
Crossed swords mark on unglazed bottom
H. 6.7 inch
Kaendler created the mother monkey teapot in 1735. It is noted in his work record of July 1735:
"Teapot in the shape of a monkey, with a baby on its back and another held in its arms in front, from which the tea is poured. It is corrected and in proper order. It sits on a small pedestal base and is fastened to it by a padlock and chain".
(Ulrich Pietsch, Arbeitsberichte p. 33 no. 11)
The monkey teapot is at the beginning of the production of animal figures in the Meissen manufactory. The first model is a creation of Fritzsche that is dated before 1730. J. G. Kirchner made the following model in 1733 (Cat. Kempski see p. 12 no. 2), which has been revised, as mentioned above, by Kaendler in view of a better handling.
The presented mother monkey teapot is exactly corresponding to Kaendlers work record. In response to the great popularity a short time thereafter Kaendler slightly modified the model (Cat. Kempski p. 14 to 15 no. 3). Instead of the chain with a padlock the mother monkey now wears a belt without a chain. This second version by Kaendler is found more often than the presented first one.
- Coll. Ritter Kempski von Rakoszyn, Cat. no. 2
|Height||6.70 inch||(17.02 cm)|