This is a very early 19th century example of Meissen. This porcelain grouping is titled: "Europa On The Bull". The blue Meissen signature is under glaze and dates between 1815 and 1830. In mythological lore, Zeus the king of Gods fell in love with the Phoenician Princess Europa. He took the form of a white bull and appeared to Europa while she was gathering flowers by the sea with her maidens in attendance. He approached her and knelt at her feet. Europa was so impressed with the gentle animal that she adorned him with flowers and climbed upon his back. Zeus suddenly abducted Europa and took her to the island of Crete where he turned back into his human form and made Europa his lover and the queen of Crete. This beautiful example of early Meissen measures 8 1/4 inches tall and 7 3/8ths inches across the widest part of the base by 4 3/8ths inches deep. The colors are rich and subtle in shades of pink,blue and cream with gold accents to the base. It is fully signed with the blue mark and incised numbers 1896 marking the date of production, please refer to photos. This Meissen porcelain is in amazing condition for the age of the piece with only very minor professional restorations mainly to a few flower petals and leaves which is totally undetectable. This is a fine example of early 19th century Meissen porcelain.
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