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Bust of the Court Jester Gottfried Schmiedel

Schmiedel, Johann Gottfried (1706-1775) | Person(s) shown
Kaendler, Johann Joachim (1706-1775) | Modeller

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Fools and jesters have always been part of court life. They could be bolder and cheekier than anyone else – even to the king. And they could use this freedom to voice some unpleasant truths. Since their job was to entertain court society, they told jokes, juggled, and showed off with card or conjuring tricks. Such magic tricks included, for instance, court jester Joseph Fröhlich finding mice in the pockets and even the mouth of his fellow jester Gottfried Schmiedel.

Material & Technique
Porcelain, unpainted
Museum
Porzellansammlung
Dating
Meissen, June 1739
Inventory number
PE 248
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