Meissen porcelain allegorical figural group, "Earth", from a set of four groups personifying the elements originally designed in the 18th century by Kaendler, depicting a female goddess figure at center holding a cornucopia of fruit, sitting against a globe with an apple at her feet; a putto on the left digs with a spade, while another on the right pulls a plant next to a chicken. Blue underglaze crossed swords mark to base (used 1815-1924) with impressed numbers 111 232. 7" H x 6 1/2" W x 4 1/2" D. Provenance: private Nashville, TN Collection, by descent from the estates of Edith and Richard Mickenhagen, Munich, Germany and San Paolo, Brazil. Richard Mickenhagen authored the book "European Porcelain" (Munich: Gugath & Sohn, undated, c. 1955). CONDITION: Overall good condition. UV light shows some minor restoration to tree /leaf area (with possible losses to some leaves), small area of restoration to tip of spade and tip of one toe, and to leaf around apple.
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