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Meissen, 1st half 19th century

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Meissen, after the model by Johann Joachim Kandler, 1st half 19th century

Elaborately conceived with five figures standing upon a rocky stepped trapezoidal gilt-enriched base moulded with entwined ribbons and Vitruvian scroll, formed of two sections.

The three female figures represent the Three Fates spinning and measuring the thread of life. Clotho seated and holding a distaff,

Lachesis standing and measuring each thread with a rod, an attendant putto handing her more for the skein,

the winged Chronos as Father Time stealing the scissors from a recumbent Atropos with one hand while clutching her hair in the other.

Each section marked with an underglaze blue crossed swords mark and a brown number 66, also incised No.33. One section has an impressed number 110, the other section has what appears to be number 43.

Hight 14 1/2 in. (37 cm), width 13 3/4 in. (35 cm)


Very good condition, no damages or restorations.


“The Three Fates” was part of the major Russian order commissioned by Catherine the Great for the furnishing of the Sliding Hill Pavilion in Oranienbaum (Lomonosov). In a work report dated June 1774, Johann Kändler explains the choice of this group as symbolizing the wish that “the Catherine’s life may be of the greatest duration”. This group matches the “Apollo and Python” group.

A similar group but of a later period and of lesser quality sold for $17,000 on October 19, 2016 at Dorotheum, Vienna: Works of Art, lot 1036

  • Item Nr. 5776 (PORCELAIN GROUP “The Three Fates”)

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