This charming hand painted figurine was made by Germany's renowned Meissen porcelain factory. This figurine was originally modeled by Meissen master modeler Johann Joachim Kändler in 1740 and is a part of a set of 23 boy and girl figures known as 'Gärtner und Winzer Kinder', translated as 'Gardeners and Winemakers Children'. The piece has been made in the form of a young girl lifting the corners of her apron in order to carry a large bunch of flowers. As seen in the accompanying photographs, the piece has been meticulously hand painted with a great deal of detail. Please be sure to use the zoom feature to more closely examine the quality of the porcelain mold and its exquisite decoration - it is impressive.
The blue-eyed girl's face has a warm flesh tone and she has been given pink cheeks and rosy lips suggestive of youth and good health. The artist has finished the girl's light brown curly ringlets with several fine lines mimicking individual strands of hair. The girl's arms are outstretched in order to grasp the two outside edges of her apron, which is filled with a large grouping of highly detailed flowers with crisply molded petals and leaves.
The girl's clothing is also finely decorated and has been painted in various shades of light and dark blue. Her skirt falls in soft folds to her feet, which are shod in cobalt blue shoes topped with light blue open blossoms. The girl's long skirt features an intricate vertical floral pattern which alternates with polka-dotted stripes. Her large white apron is tied in a blue bow behind her waist. The front and back of the girl's bodice are also decorated with floral details accented by a striped scarf loosely tied between her shoulders with a simple knot.
The figurine is standing upon a rocaille base with embossed scrolls and painted floral accents. The foot of the piece bears Meissen's underglaze cobalt blue crossed swords with pommels along with the underglaze number "3". It is also marked with the incised model number "6." and impressed number "50".
The figurine displays beautifully and is largely in very good condition. The only issues of note are a small flake missing from the edge of a leaf in the girl's apron and that the tip of of her right little finger is missing, both of which are hard to notice unless under close inspection. The figurine stands 4.75" tall from the display surface to the top of her head and is 2.25" across at its widest point. The plinth is 1.5" long and 1.5" wide. The piece weighs in at 5oz.
This highly collectible piece is nicely sized to fit on a shelf or desk and would be a wonderful addition to a collection of Meissen figurines, or works equally well as a stand alone decorative accent. A lovely antique find!
Antique Meissen Hand Painted 'Gärtner und Winzer Kinder' Porcelain Figurine Girl With Flowers In Apron