Friday, November 14, 2008

Meissen Menagerie Madness

These two Meissen animals are said to be a lion and lioness, but look a lot more like dogs to me, and kind of scary at that. They are made from hard-paste porcelain and feature in the Met Museum's excellent show that is an homage to the soon-to-end Philippe de Montebello directorship ( the terracotta dancer of a post or two back was part of the same show ). Apparently animals of this type were all the rage in their day.

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