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Four Meissen Porcelain Motto Figures

Auction:
2940B
Lot:
675
Sold for:
$1,476$1,200

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Auction:
European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2940B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
October 07, 2016 10:00AM

Description:

Four Meissen Porcelain Motto Figures, Germany, late 19th century, each in polychrome pastel hues, featuring an amorous cherub with phrase inscribed at base: "Je les unis," the figure wearing laurel of roses; "Je les couronne," the figure guarding a heart with floral wreath in hand; "Je les enflamme," the figure with a torch in hand; and "Je les ramene," the figure holding a floral garland in the air, each with blue crossed swords mark, ht. 5 1/2 to 5 7/8 in.

Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum; sold to benefit the acquisition fund.
Estimate $600-800

Figure with floral garland: heavy chipping to flowers; restored base.
Figure with tall urn: slight flower chips.
Figure with tall column: slight chips to foliate headdress; loss to ribbon and flame.
Figure with low column: restored to both arms, left leg; scattered chips to flowers and petals surrounding column.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Germany, Meissen porcelain, Volkseigene Betriebe, Wreath

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