Description of the artwork «Chinese doodle»
Figurines are the most striking manifestation of the unique beauty and variety of porcelain products. The standard in this can be considered Germany. Masters of Saxon porcelain manufactory gave the world a rich collection of sophisticated porcelain figurines. In the first half of the 18th century, the fashion for porcelain figurines gave rise to a special type of them - figurines of a Chinese that shakes his head, the so-called "Chinese doodles".
The first in Europe to start producing them at the Meissen manufactory. Artist Johannes Kendler modeled a figure, arms and head, which are fixed on metal rods, and swing. Following the manufacture, Meissen began to produce blanks in many other European cities. There were large specimens. For example, in Meiseni at one time they produced statuettes, the height of which was 55 cm. The figures were produced in pairs: men and women, but they do not pay attention to this fact, calling them all - bollards. The statuette of a woman can be distinguished by the collected bundle of hair on her head and a slightly more convex chest. A female figure often has one shoulder exposed, but the faces are almost the same. Chinese blank was one of the most common souvenirs.
One such blank is in the collection of the Art Museum. V.V. Vereshchagin. He came to our collection after the Great Patriotic War from the Kiev Museum of Western and Eastern Art. Today it is the Museum of Arts named after Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko. In the museum’s collection is a female figurine of a blockhead 17.5 cm high. She has mobile, head and arms, and when the head is tilted, her tongue protrudes.
The Chinese blank was an indispensable decoration of the interior of the noble pannas of the 18th century. Porcelain figurines adorned massive tables with the family coat of arms, boudoirs and mantels, were considered a sign of impeccable taste, and their value made such figures a luxury item available only to the elite.