A Meissen pastoral group of a shepherdess and gallant, circa 1745.

The seated female plays a lute to a young man who gazes lovingly at her and proffers a posy of forget me nots with his left hand, whilst a recumbent lamb rests at their feet. The scattered flowers decorating her skirt are known as Indianische Blumen, although they are, in fact, of Japanese origin. They were thought to be Indian at the time, because they were found on decorated porcelain imported by the East India Company. The group was modelled by Johann Joachim Käendler (1706-1775), the most important modeller at the Meissen factory.


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