Dating royal dux figures
Ref 10487Height 14 1/2"185 Antique Victorian large pair of bisque figurines of lady and gentleman dressed in elegant clothing with two small children.
The children having sold the young lady a basket of fruit and the gentleman is paying the young girl with coins from his purse.
The earliest reference so far found to a maior domus in the kingdom of Burgundy is Fredegar's record of the death of Warnachar [I] in [600/01], although Queen Nantechildis appointed Flaochad as maior domus of Burgundy in 642. The earliest reference so far identified to a maior domus in the kingdom of Neustria dates from the last decade of the 6th century.
The traditional view of the maiores domus at the Merovingian courts is that they assumed a dominant role in the kingdoms of Austrasia and Neustria, and relegated the kings to a subservient position, which justified the general nickname "les rois fainants" which has often been applied to these monarchs. It is true that after the death of King Childebert III in 711 the throne passed to a series of weak kings, whose accession was manipulated by different factions of nobles in the two kingdoms, until in 751 maior domus Ppin [III] "le Bref" declared himself King of the Franks with Papal approval and ended the Merovingian kingdom.
In “Miller’s Collecting Porcelain,” you can almost hear the renowned porcelain expert John Sandon grumble as he writes, “For this author to admit to liking Dresden figures is rather like a great classical musician confessing to enjoying lift (elevator) music.” That’s how a lot of people feel about porcelain figurines—while they might marvel at their craftsmanship, especially those pieces manufactured in Germany during the 18th century, the admiration is grudging.
During Merovingian times, the "maior domus" was the head of the royal household.Of the many techniques perfected there, Dresden lace is the most sought.It was used to create the illusion of real fabric on figurines of, say, ladies dancing at a court ball or posing in so-called crinoline groups.We showcase the largest selection of retired Royal Doulton figurines in the world, including rarities, prototypes and limited editions.Famous artists represented in the HN figurine collection include Charles Noke, Leslie Harradine and Peggy Davies.