Meissen, The Four Seasons, J J Kaendler, c1745-50
An Exceedingly Rare & Large Meissen blanc-de-chine group
allegorical of Summer & Autumn from The Four Seasons
modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775)
Measuring 26 cm (10.2 inches) in height.
Private Collection, Montreal, Canada
Two scantily clad putti are paired to depict 'Autumn & Summer' of 'The Four Seasons' by Johann Joachim Kaendler for Meissen. The figure of Summer, reclining amidst wheat sheaves, raises her hand to the Autumn harvest, and props her elbow on the scrolled base. In her left hand she carries a sickle. Her hair is drawn into a knot.
Above her, Autumn is raised upon the high rockwork base, scattered with applied flower-heads and leaves, indulging in a cascading bunch of grapes falling from his upraised hand. His head is crowned with a garland of leaves and grapes, and a thick twisted vine bearing bunches of grapes issues from the mound.
In very fine condition. Summer is missing the tip of one toe, firing cracks and original plaster filler to the side rockwork on base. Of impressive height and size.
See associated figural group of Summer & Autumn.
Red wax collection seal to the flat-bottomed, unglazed base.
A mid 18thc Meissen figural group of Autumn & Summer, by J J Kaendler, c1745-50