Franconia, around 1770/80
Circumference of Johann Peter Wagner (Obertheres
1730-1809 Würzburg), sandstone.
pairwise facing each other, on natural pedestals
sitting child figures with around the
hip-laid cloths, in their hands a
Flower wreath or bouquet and grapes
and holding a garland of fruit.
Johann Peter Wagner is regarded as one of the most important
Sculptor of the Rococo in Mainfranken and
created numerous works, especially for ecclesiastical and religious
Client. After his years of wandering.
he returned to Franconia and first worked as a
as journeyman of the court sculptor Johann Wolfgang
from the Auwera, after whose death took over
Wagner was the workshop manager. Not until 1771
Wagner was officially recognized by the prince-bishop
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim becomes court sculptor
even though he already held the position of
for 28 years. His in succession to
Ferdinand Tietz created putti and children's figures
on the balustrade of the terrace of the
of the prince-bishop's palace in Veitshöchheim
are among the most important depictions of children
of the German sculpture, they unite
the playful movements of the Rokoko skillfully
with the quieter, idealized features of classicism.
Height approx. 105 cm.
Thieme/Becker, General encyclopedia of the visual arts
Artist, vol. 35, p. 48-51.