Meissen Gallant Orchestra figurines

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2015-06-26 10:39:58

Meissen Gallant Orchestra figurines are porcelain figurines produced by German manufacturer Meissen, depicting a small orchestra.

 

Background

Meissen is a German porcelain manufacturer, established in 1710 in the town of Meissen. It was the first factory to produce European hard-paste porcelain.

Meissen is particularly known for its figurines of humans and animals, as well as its dinnerware. It remains one of the world’s foremost porcelain manufacturers, and continues to produce a number of styles and designs that date from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Meissen Gallant Orchestra figurines

The 5.5 inch high Meissen Gallant Orchestra figurines were produced between 1750 and 1760 by
Friedrich Elias Meyer and Johann Joachim Kaendler. Reproductions began to be made in the latter half of the 19th century and were still being produced in the 1980s.

The figurines were based on members of the Dresden Opera’s orchestra.

There are 16 figures in all. They are:

  • Conductor
  • Flautist
  • Bassoon player
  • Four female singers
  • One male singer
  • Cellist
  • Lute player
  • Bagpiper
  • Two violinists
  • Trumpeter
  • Harpist
  • Woman with lyre

How much are Meissen Gallant Orchestra figurines worth?

Good condition original examples can achieve around £600. 20th century reproductions can sell for £440.

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