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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Figure; porcelain; male dancer with wide skirts, his left arm outstretched; marked.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1758-1764
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Comment

        Rampant lion under ghe glaze in blue
  • Curator's comments

    This figure of a male dancer was modeled by Johann Friedrich Lück (1727-1797), a talented sculptor, who worked between 1758 and 1764 at the porcelain factory at Frankenthal, in Germany, where this figure was made. He had previously worked as a model-maker at Meissen and Höchst. The figure, who wears a short wide skirt (tonnelet) with his arms outstretched, was part of a table centrepiece (surtout) paired with a female ballet dancer, identified as Mlle Camargo or La Camargo, along with pairs of other figures associated with court life. Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo (1710-1770) was a celebrated ballerina in the Paris Opera Ballet. She was depicted dancing in a painting by Nicolas Lancret, Le Camargo Dancing, 1730 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).

    The Frankenthal factory was established by the Hannong family of Strasbourg, under a privilege from the local ruler Elector Carl Theodor of Bavaria. Entire displays of pairs of figures or groups were arranged down the centre of the tables of the nobility during the dessert course. The Elector made have commissioned a set of figures inspired by the Saxon Court and French fashions of entertainment. His courtiers may have ordered similar groups and figures for their own use.


  • Location

    On display: G46/dc22

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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