Pair of 19th C. Porcelain Figures of Bruhls Tailor And His Wife

We would like to offer an exquisite pair of Paris porcelain figurines produced after the pieces modeled by Kandler of Meissen depicting Bruhl's tailor and his wife. The French porcelain factory of Marc Eugene Clauss (1868 – 1896), which was founded by his grandfather Jean-Marie Clauss who took over the Porcelaine de Paris factory in 1820, produced these figurines around 1880.

Legend has it that the Meissen modeler J. J. Kandler created these pieces as a comeuppance for the ambitious tailor of Count Heinrich Bruhl, a favorite of Augustus III. It seems the tailor overstepped his bounds by asking the Count for an invitation to dine at his supper table. Count Bruhl was appalled that such a lowly subject would dare to suggest dining at the same table as Royalty. To put the presumptuous tailor in his place, Bruhl had Kandler design figurines to set at the table in place of the tailor and thus fulfill his request. The tailor was unceremoniously escorted out of town along with his brazen wife.

The figures are finely modeled with nice detail and beautifully hand painted. Marc Eugene Clauss was highly respected for the production of luxury porcelain in the Meissen, Vienna, and Sevres manner.

The figurines are in excellent condition with a small restoration to the tip of a goat horn.

Size: 5 ½" Height by 3 ¼" Width.

Item ID: PS111128

$1,200 USD

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