Dancer and a violinist and dwarf

Dancer and a violinist and dwarf

Dancer and a violinist and dwarf

Dancer and a violinist and dwarf. Johann Heinrich Köhler (Goldsmith), Dresden, 1 Quarter of the 18th Century. Baroque pearls, gold, silver, gilt, enamel, emeralds, rubies, diamonds. H 12.6 cm, base: 13.4 x 9.0 cm. VI 102. Green Vault. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Johann Heinrich Köhler, who was recorded in 1701 in the Dresden goldsmiths' guild in 1718 and appointed to the court jeweler by August the Strong, also devoted to the fascinating topic of Perlfiguren (also called grotesque figures). The Green Vault secures five jeweler sculptures, which are characterized by the high artistic quality and superior implementation of various topics. The dancer with the fiddling dwarf just seems to spring from the world of courtly festivities, which also Hofzwerge appeared as jester. The motif of graceful Kastagnettenschlägerin is from etching Riciulina - Metzetin inspired (by 1622), in which Jacques Callot processed images of the Commedia dell'Arte. Their short stature and the musicians gave very individual facial features, where nothing is too grotesquely comical own Köhler.


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