Large-format statuary

As well as treading virgin artistic ground with the truly majestic animal figures he designed in the 1730s, Meissen’s master modeller Johann Joachim Kaendler also set the Manufactory of the time unimagined technological challenges.

The realism and accuracy of his modelling have never been matched in such large pieces since – they were intended for a royal porcelain menagerie, after all. Kaendler’s large-format animals were exclusively earmarked for the porcelain palace of Augustus the Strong, whose passion for “white gold” reached fever pitch when fed with such brilliant creations.

The sight of a life-size animal sculpture emerging from the heat of the kilns is still as gripping today as it was then.