A set of four Meissen porcelain ewers emblematic of the elements
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A rare 19th century set of four Meissen porcelain ewers represents the Elements: Water. Air, Earth and Fire. Each vase is an incredible piece of artwork, interpreting one of the four elements into a stunning vase form of unsurpassed quality and execution. First introduced by Meissen artist Johann Joachim Kändler around 1735 the Four Elements represent that height of his achievements with fine porcelain creations.
Water with a relief naval scene flanked by the figures of a galloping horses, mermaid and the god Neptune. The circular flaring base has decorations of spouting dolphins among bulrushes.
Air is portrayed with flying birds and billowing clouds, all under the reign of Juno, the goddess who personifies air, and her peacock.
Earth is represented by a detailed hunt scene and presided over by Pan, the Greek god of woods and fields.
Fire is represented by a dragon-shaped handle, animals fleeing the burning forest and Vulcan, the god of fire.
Each ewer is marked to the underside with Meissen blue crossed swords.
Johann Joachim Kändler was a German sculptor who became the most important modeller of the Meissen porcelain manufactury, and arguably of all European porcelain. He worked at Meissen for over 40 years, from 1731 until his death in 1775