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Baron Schmiedel by Johann Joachim Kändler

Made by Kändler, Johann Joachim in Meissen, Germany, 1739.

The satirical portrait bust of the court jester Johann Gottfried Tuscheer (born as Johann Gottfried Graf), better known as Baron Schmiedel or Postmaster Schmiedel, was one of the last royal commissions for the Japanese Palace of Augustus the Strong, King of Poland (ruled 1694-1733) and Elector of Saxony. The Japanese Palace was a lavish structure in Dresden refurbished to house both the fabulous royal collection of East Asian porcelains and the amazing new products of the Royal Saxon Porcelain M...


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Object Statement

Portrait bust, 'Baron' Schmiedel, hard-paste porcelain, modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler, made by Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory, Meissen, Germany, 1739

Physical Description

A head and shoulders satirical portrait bust in glazed white hard-paste porcelain. The piece is naturalistically modelled to portray a solidly built man with the head turned to his right, with an up curled moustache and wearing a wig with queue (pigtail) wound around with a ribbon. His elaboratecostume includes a tricorn (three-pointed hat) with a bow set on the left, an unbuttoned, embroidered collarless coat and waistcoat and undershirt. A large medallion with a profile portrait of Augustus III (coronation medallion), hangs from a cord that sits around his neck and chest. There is a badge on the left attached to his coat, with the Royal Polish and Saxon coats of arms. Above the badge there are two small chains with a post horn hanging from them. A cloak is draped across the man's body and there are small watch fobs attached just below its curve; one mouse dangles by its tail from his mouth, another is in the crown of the hat and the third sits on his right shoulder.


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475 mm


360 mm


260 mm



The bust of Baron Schmiedel was modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler in Germany during 1739.


Credit Line

Purchased 1951

Acquisition Date

26 February 1951

Cite this Object


Baron Schmiedel by Johann Joachim Kändler 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 June 2019, <>


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