- Museum number
Figure of seated lion; glazed white hard-paste porcelain; moulded; flat unglazed base with circular hole; lion sits on rock ornamented with applied twigs and flowers, left forepaw raised, head turned to left; circular hole at back; one of twenty-nine separate elements forming the equestrian monument to Augustus III of Poland; marked.
- Production date
- 1753-1757 (circa)
Height: 9.30 inches
- Curator's comments
This group was previously attributed to Caspar Wilhelm Wegely's factory in Berlin on the basis of the mark, but does not conform to other figures made there.
This figure of a seated lion formed part of an equestrian monument
to Augustus III, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony (r.1733-63). The idea was first proposed as a life-size group by the sculptor Johann Joachim Kändler in 1734, but it was only commissioned in 1751. Only a small model was ever in production and it was completed in 1753. The lion was the attribute of a female figure of Fortitudo, and was therefore placed next to it. The incised W indicates its position as one of twenty-nine separate elements. There is a complete example of the 'Reiterdenkmal' (Equestrian Monument) in the Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, Dresden (PE.2528). A similar white lion was seen but not examined by Aileen Dawson, curator, in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), in 1982.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Documentary Continental Ceramics from the British Museum, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar, London, Jun 1985, no. 12
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number