These complete 19th century Meissen porcelain figures represent the Four Seasons, and were first modeled by Johann Joachim Kaendler ca. 1764.
Each figure features symbols of the season and is joined by a helpful companion.
Spring is represented by a Cherub collecting a basket of flowers, Autumn is a Cherub with vine leaves and grapes, Summer reprasented by Cherub holding sheaves of wheat with a sickle, and Winter, with a Cherub warming him self with a red fur Coat while he ice-skating .
The Four Seasons were among the most popular and recognizable allegorical figures created by Meissen and they took on many forms.
It is extremely rare to find all four seasons as a matched set, especially in such excellent condition.
An almost identical set is featured in Meissen: Collector’s Catalogue by Laurence Mitchell.
19TH CENTURY, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, INCISED A71, A69, A64, A67,
All figures feature the underglaze Meissen crossed swords mark.
Tallest: 5.5 In
Height: 13.5, Width:8.5 , Length: 3.5 Cm