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image of Candelabrum: Swan Among Rushes design by Johann Joachim Kaendler, manufactured by Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH
Johann Joachim Kaendler (designer)
German, c. 1706 - 1775
Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH (artist)
Candelabrum: Swan Among Rushes, c. 1750
porcelain
overall size: 68.6 x 61.6 x 45.1 cm (27 x 24 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Gift of George D. Widener
1972.20.2.a
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From the Tour: Production of French Decorative Arts in the 1700s
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This porcelain swan was produced about 1750 from models attributed to Johann Joachim Kændler, the remarkably inventive and skillful artist who was chief sculptor at the celebrated Meissen factory in southeastern Germany. (Europe's earliest true porcelain had been invented at Meissen in 1709.) Kændler animated the large-scale swans with flapping wings, coiling necks, and parted beaks. Creating a rococo caprice, each bird nests in a marsh of gilt-bronze reeds. A five-branched candelabrum was made in Paris to hold the recently imported German swans.

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