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Meissen Monkey Band Bongo Player

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Meissen Monkey Band Bongo Player
This Meissen porcelain Monkey Band Bongo Player was probably Reinicke's new version of Kaendler's molds made at Meissen about 1750. [136A] This vitrine art piece is skillfully decorated in the famous Meissen polychrome high-fired bright enamels of metals and metal oxides. [136B] The bottom exhibits the Meissen under glaze blue crossed sword mark, paste impressed model number (58) and incised artist number (3).[136C] The Art and Orchid Gallery's porcelain Meissen figure is an anthropomorphized monkey "bongo player", probably from Peter Reinicke's 18th Century molds. Robert Rontgen's "Book of Meissen" illustrates the Reinicke Monkey Band figures (21), or later pulls of, including a bongo player(shown in mirror image) which looks like our figure.[136H] Our figure also exhibits the fine detailed face Reinicke is known for and is depicted on other samples of his figures.[69I, 69J] Illustrations of some Monkey Band figures, including the bongo player, can be found in mail-order catalogue by Samuel Litchfield of 1884.[39K] Our bongo player is certainly a later pull as exhibited by its high-fire but different colored enamels and is in excellent condition. However, we believe it has been restored. Many more pictures, information and references on our website. Size: ~ 5 1/2" H x 2 1/2"; Weight: ~ 259 grams

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