A Very Fine Pair of Meissen Porcelain Two-Light Candelabra
In Bronze Doré, two-light, and each modelled with finely elaborated porcelain figurines, one with a student, the second with the teacher and beautiful blossoms in the gilt bronze branches terminating in two nozzles and leaf shaped dripping pans.
The colorfully dressed student with hat in visible exhaustion, his book in hands, loosely tied to his little chair, his toys and a small dog underneath (model no. F. 49./45/36/W. underglaze blue swords mark); the teacher, an elegantly styled lady in a beautiful dress leaning toward the student, sitting on an magnificent stool with flower bouquet underneath, protecting her book with her hand from the student’s gaze (model no. F. 51./56/36 underglaze blue swords mark).
Michel Victor Acier (born January 20, 1736 in Versailles near Paris, † February 16, 1799 in Dresden): French-German porcelain modeler and sculptor, trained at the Académie Royale in Paris. In 1762 he was invited to the porcelain manufactory in Meissen, where he worked with J. J. Kaendler. After Kendler’s death in 1775, Acier was responsible for the artistic design in the porcelain factory and is considered to be a pioneer of classicism in Meissen. On behalf of King Friedrich II, he made à bas-relief in 1783 with a representation of the fallen Count of Schwerin. He was an honorary member of the Berlin Art Academy, and in 1780 an honorary member of the Dresden Art Academy. From this point on, Acier also worked as a royal Saxon modeling master in Dresden.