“Water” ewer with a relief naval scene flanked by the figures of a galloping horse, mermaid and the god Neptune. The circular flaring base has decorations of spouting dolphins among bulrushes. ca. 1880. After the model by J.J. Kaendler who worked at the Meissen factory from 1731 until his death in 1775. German. Decorated porcelain. Maker’s marks: Factory mark for Meissen. incised model number “320” and impressed numerals. Image © 2020 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/large-meissen-porcelain-elements-ewer-representing-water
“Fire” flattened baluster from ewer with a dragon handle and body molded in relief with an erupting volcano and wild animals escaping from a forest fire, a figure of Vulcan carrying bellows seated on the shoulder and a woman applied to the side. The foot depicting a putto carrying flames. Late 19th c, after a model made by by J.J. Kaendler who worked at the Meissen factory from 1731 until his death in 1775. Decorated porcelain. Makers marks: factory mark for Meissen. Incised model number “310” and inscribed Pressnumber “147.” Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-meissen-porcelain-ewer-emblematic-of-fire-5885360-details.aspx
“Air” ewer, decorated in high relief with the lip and foot encircled with polychrome feathers. Billowing drapery handle surmounted by putti withe body painted with high relief clouds depicting the goddess Juno with a peacock and Zephyr. ca. 1880 after models by Johann Kändler, who worked for Meissen from 1731 to 1775. German. Porcelain. Maker’s marks: factory mark for Meissen. Inscribed “327.” Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2835B/lots/137
“Earth” ewer with a ribbon pink ribbon tied wheat grain handle surmounted by a a putto with a basket of fruit. Waisted neck painted with sprigs and the body molded with a hunt flanked by applied figures of Diana and Pan above a hound attacking a bear. Reverese with a mountainous scene in bas-relief. Foot with the motif of a putto digging with a spade. Probably 19th c. After models by Johann Kändler, who worked for Meissen from 1731 to 1775. German. Porcelain. Maker’s marks; factory mark for Meissen. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/monumental-meissen-earth-ewer-four-1823408462
Four “Elements” ewers. 18th c. German, Meissen. Source: Rau Antiques. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Four_Elements_Porcelain_Ewers_by_Meissen.jpg
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Chandelier featuring 16 candle arms, extensive floral encrusted decorations, figural songbirds and neoclassical figures. ca. 1900. Rococo Revival. Made in Berlin, Germany. Believed to have come from Meissen. Image © 1996 – 2019 GoAntiques LLC . Fair use license. via https://www.goantiques.com/ntique-rococo-revival-40105209