Model for a Garden Pavillion

early 18th century
Style of Balthasar Permoser

Object Place: Europe, Dresden, Germany


73.7 x 34.93 x 28.57 cm (29 x 13 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood; Polychrome pine

Not On View





Model for a Garden Pavillion. Polychromed pine, original paint suggesting a planned stucco marble decoration for the interior; carved atlantes supporting the cupola.

This architectural model resembles the garden pavilions of Dresden’s Zwinger palace, inspired by Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Even at this small scale, the half-figures who emerge from the columns at the corners provide a sense of the dramatic effect of a full-scale building, which would have been made of stone. This model is a rare survival that was probably intended to present an idea to a patron; it even includes a suggestion for the painted decoration of the interior walls.


1970, sold by Dr. Kurt Rossacher (b. 1918 - d. 1988), Salzburg, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1970)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund