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Hoechst Group of the Fortune Teller


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Dates Circa 1755
Description Hoechst or Höchst porcelain group of the Fortune Teller.

Circa 1753-60

Modelled by Simon Feilner as a gallant standing over his seated companion, a bearded fortune teller looking at her palm, before a fruiting tree trunk on a mound base moulded with puce and gilt scrolls, iron-red wheel mark, incised IR.

16.5 cm High

Provenance: Property of an Important European Collection.

Condition: The fortune tellers left hand and a couple of leaves are restored.
Condition Manufacturing fire fault to the base
Literature See Röder, K and Oppenheim, M, Das Höchster Porzellan auf der Jahrausend-Austellung in Mainz 1925, Mainz, 1930, tafeln 5c and d for similar versions of this model.
See Höchster Fayencen und Porzellane Mainz 1964 – page 38, No 55 Der Wahrsager 1750/53 modell wohl von Simon Feilner – Radmarke.

The inspiration for this model was taken from a print announced in the Mercure in April 1738 by Pierre-Alexandre Aveline titled ‘La bonne aventure’ (1738) after a painting by François Boucher (1703-70), for a Beauvais tapestry in the series 'The Italian Village Scenes'. A copy of the etched and engraved print is in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Circa 1750-4.