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Hoechst Large Four Seasons Figurine

This is a rare large figurine of the four seasons made by Höchst around 1770. It includes all the four seasons single figures including the rare and always favorite guy with the laterna magica plus quite a few other figures around a central column with a vase on top. The laterna magica guy is standing next to a boy with a musical instrument on his back, next to them is a lady holding her apron with some flowers in it with a boy next to her doing the same thing, then a vat full of different grapes next to which we have a couple with the gentleman sitting down and leaning on the lady that has a sickle in her right hand and a rake next to her. And a little dog I almost forgot to mention :) The base has the typical rock and grass design to it with the center having a mount on which the column stands. A stunning figure that is in amazing condition considering the age and complexity. The only real damage one can see it a chip out of the top of the vase that could easily be restored. I ahve seen this model with flowers in the top of the vase but I don't think this piece had them since the top edge is glazed so nothing broke off the top. The winter child with the white ground under him has a firing crack in one foot, the laterna magica gentleman has a chip on his hat and a tiny one to the edge of the box. The only other odd thing is that the column in the center has a brown gluish type residue all around the bottom where it meets the mount. It is a bit odd but I see a firing crack on one side in that spot so it might ahve just been a cover up of that or if it did come off it would have been perfectly clean which would be very unsual. Especially since all the figures are in perfect condition. The figures are nicely dressed and hand painted off course in the typical manner of this maker. The figurine is about 11 inches tall and 9 inches in diameter. Quite heavy due to the size. Marked underneath with the blue wheel mark as shown. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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