Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra
Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra
Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra

Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band Orchestra

  • Crafted by Meissen, this 17-piece Monkey Band is one of the firm's most iconic creations
  • Each monkey band member, or singerie, is dressed in 18th-century attire and holds an instrument
  • A hurdy-gurdy player, harpist, and violinists are just a few of the whimsical pieces
  • Known as singeries, monkeys performing human activities were once a popular form of satire
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Item No. 30-4668
$24,500
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This extremely rare and important Meissen porcelain 17-piece complete Monkey Band, or Affenkapelle, is one of this famed firm’s most jubilant creations. In this outstanding set, a conductor raucously leads a merry assortment of musicians from his music stand, including a hurdy-gurdy player, a harpist, two violinists, a recorder player, two bagpipers, a pianist seated atop another monkey, four drummers, a guitarist, and four female singers. The figures, known as "singeries," or monkeys exhibiting human characteristics, showcase exceptional character and energy, and stand atop bases decorated with hand-gilt rocaille accents. Created in 1753 by the highly gifted Johann Joachim Kaendler, the Monkey Band was modeled after a series of drawings done for Madame de Pompadour. It is almost unheard of to find a complete set of these jovial characters, especially in such fine condition. Whimsical and full of life, these figures are an excellent addition to any new or established porcelain collection.

Similar monkey bands are pictured in The Book of Meissen by Robert E. Röntger and in The H. Lloyd Hawkins, Jr. Meissen Collection by Doris Hesni.

Each figure features crossed swords marks in blue under glaze, with various impressed numerals.

Late 19th- Early 20th Century

Overall: 5" high (average)
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Maker: Meissen
Period: 19th Century
Origin:Germany
Depth:2.0 Inches
Width:2.0 Inches
Height:5.0 Inches
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