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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Date: ca. 1732Accession Number: 1988.294.1
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date: ca. 1763Accession Number: 1974.356.524
Possibly by Johann Erhard Heiglen (German, before 1687–1757)
Date: ca. 1730Accession Number: 1977.1.11
Attributed to Johann Michael Bauer (German, Westheim 1710–1779 Bamberg)
Date: ca. 1763–64Accession Number: 1974.356.120a
Bernhard H. Weyhe (1702–1782)
Date: 1769–71Accession Number: 2009.263a–c
Ignaz Günther (German, Altmannstein 1725–1775 Munich)
Date: ca. 1755Accession Number: 2008.28
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The furniture, ceramics, silver, and glass in this gallery were made in the German-speaking states of Central Europe. The extravagant curvilinear forms and exuberant natural motifs reflect a distinctly Germanic interpretation of the lively Rococo style that originated in France in the 1730s. Evoking trellises heavy with blooms, the set of carved furniture from Seehof Castle, near Bamberg, is one of the purest expressions in the decorative arts of the Rococo fascination with nature and fantasy.
Central European sculptors primarily carved wood, favoring elongated figures in rhythmic poses that were often painted. The porcelain and earthenware objects on view attest to Germany's preeminence in ceramic production during the first half of the eighteenth century. The first true European porcelain was developed at the Meissen factory, near Dresden. The pieces shown here are among Meissen's greatest achievements.
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