Porcelain group: Colin maillard
Polychrome porcelain group with small fire decor. Wallendorf in Bavaria
A delicate group evoking the game of colin maillard
The name of the game could come from Jean Colin-Maillard, a Hutois warrior, having fought the count of Louvain in the 10th century and who had his eyes gouged out during a battle but nevertheless continued to fight, striking randomly all around of him with his mallet, his weapon of choice. The word could also derive from « mail », the mallet with which the blind player would search for his opponents.
Let’s go back to the rules of this delicious game. The hunter is blindfolded and the hunted turn around him (without going too far away) avoiding being hit. If the hunter manages to hit another player, that player freezes and lets the hunter touch their face. If the hunter manages to recognize the person by touch, then that person takes the hunter’s place. Variants offer to play with a bell or even a stick.
Since one of the players is blindfolded, it is important to play in an unobstructed space so that this player does not get hurt. In the 18th century, when he was often represented in canvases of gallant scenes, the warning cry “beware the doldrums” or “beware the fat pot” was given when the hunter risked running into an obstacle.
For memory :
Wallendorf porcelain is one of the oldest factories in Thuringia, in central Germany. It is located in Lichte/Wallendorf, south of the Thuringian Forest. Its foundation dates back to 1764
The history of this region is marked by the tradition of porcelain production for more than two hundred years.
Originally, Wallendorf porcelain was produced with raw materials from the surrounding lands, so the shard was not clean but stained. As early as 1780, we succeeded in firing absolutely white shards by purchasing and using Bohemian kaolin. This is what led Wilhelm Martius to say of Wallendorf porcelain in 1793: “It is perfectly white, finely ground and so hard that it sparks on steel. » Until 1833, the company was owned by the Hammann family