A fine 8-piece group of the famous monkey band figurines, including a trumpet player, a bagpipe player, a drummer, a bassoonist, a violinist, a clarinetist, a horn player and a conductor. Porcelain with enamel, glaze and gilding. Each monkey is on an oval white and gold leaf rococo base, each in 18th-century human dress.
The monkey band, modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, was introduced by the firm of Meissen in 1753 for the King of Saxony. It was an idea emanating from the contemporary aristocratic craze for monkeys performing human pursuits. It became instantly popular, reproduced by Meissen until the 20th-century and regularly copied by other German porcelain factories.ODA-13439$850
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