Johann Joachim Kändler

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Kändler, Johann Joachim


Born June 15, 1706, in Fischbach or Seeligstadt, Saxony; died May 18, 1775, in Meissen. German sculptor.

In 1731, Kandier became a modeler at a porcelain factory in Meissen. He created dinner services with rich rococo ornamentation (for example, the Swan service, 1737–41). His porcelain sculpture, which is varied in genre and size, is distinguished by the freedom and dynamics of plastic forms and by the rich colors. Kändler’s keen perception of his models is revealed in his figurines of maidservants, artisans, actors, animals, and birds; religious compositions; and busts. He introduced the various modeling techniques and types of ornamentation that are characteristic of European porcelain.


Gröger, H. J. J. Kandier. Dresden, 1956.
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Included are 140 lots representing the most important holding of Meissen animals and birds ever seen at auction, almost all of which were produced during the 1730s and 1740s under the direction of the great Johann Joachim Kandler (1706-75).
In 1731 the remarkable artist Johann Joachim Kandler (1706-1775) joined the factory as head sculptor.
One of the loveliest of the early porcelain companies was of course Meissen who employed the great modeller Johann Joachim Kandler who did some stunning figures based upon the Italian commedia del'arte.
1738/40 and identified as the model for a group by Johann Joachim Kandler, forms part of a Louis XV ormolu-mounted clock (Fig.
It was shortly after the genius Johann Joachim Kandler came to the Meissen factory as apprentice to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner that Augustus, in February 1732, commissioned 80 birds, then a further, staggering, 324.
A decade later, Johann Joachim Kandler became Meissen's 'Modellmeister' in 1733 and the factory's greatest star.
This Meissen Pulchinella figure by Johann Joachim Kandler (1748; left) is with German dealer Elfriede Langeloh at the International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, Park Lane Hotel, London (11-14 June).
Sure to raise a smile is a pagod (a Chinese deity) with a nodding head by Johann Joachim Kandler, around 1760; and a spherical 30.
King Vulture modelled by Johann Joachim Kandler (1706-1775), Meissen Porcelain Manufactory; 1734.
They were the basis for a scholarly and glamorous catalogue, which has now appeared in English, Cabinet Pieces, The Meissen Porcelain Birds of Johann Joachim Kandler, published by Hirmer.
It was the sculptors Johann Gottlieb Kirchner and the inimitable Johann Joachim Kandler, however, who were responsible for their peculiar charm and imposing presence.