Swan Service

Johann Joachim Kaendler and Johann Friedrich Eberlein spent more than five years completing their magnum opus, commissioned in 1736 by Saxony’s omnipotent cabinet minister Heinrich Count Brühl, the Swan Service.

The upshot was a visually overpowering symphony of shapes, colours and the play of light that exceeded the client’s wildest expectations. Every single item is a variation on the underlying theme of the mythology of water. Glaucus, Galatea and her retinue, sea nymphs, Triton children and dolphins all rise out of elements in motion by which they are carried or which they support.

Everything about these vessels and figures is flux and transition, shape fashioned in water. A masterpiece of Baroque tableware culture in Meissen Porcelain®.