Handle of a walking stick - inv. 1033

Meissen, second half of 18th century

Handle of a walking stick
hard-paste porcelain  
75 x 120 mm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1033

Golden Room

This porcelain handle, set at the top of an ivory cane and finely modelled with the bust of a lady, is a small masterpiece of elegance. It has white raised volutes which form “cartouches”, small scrolls within which were painted purple putti and colourful flowers. Similar handles, as well as porcelain perfume jars, pillboxes, thimbles or snuffboxes produced at Meissen were among the refined little gift objects known as galanteries.