Lovers with a Birdcage

Modeler Johann Joachim Kändler German
Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538

As was the case with many of its porcelain sculptures, Du Paquier’s Lovers with a Birdcage was inspired by a Meissen model. The modeler at Meissen, Johann Joachim Kaendler, is thought to have been inspired, in turn, by an engraving from the series A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth (1697–1764). Du Paquier’s porcelain scuptures are charmingly sturdy rather than elegant; nevertheless, they were considered worthy of the finest decoration, as can be seen here in the gentleman’s gold brocade coat and matching breeches.

Lovers with a Birdcage, Johann Joachim Kändler (German, Fischbach 1706–1775 Meissen), Hard-paste porcelain, German, Meissen

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