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Figural Pedestal Dish

This is a rare figural pedestal dish made by Meissen in the later 19th century. It's a gorgeous piece with the base having some rocks along the bottom with applied flowers to it. The center is a tree trunk that a male and a female putti are embracing with the top being a nicely reticulated bowl with a handle to each side and lots of applied vines with flowers and leaves. A very fancy piece with lots of gold highlights to the details. The inside of the bowl has details pained to it in a bluish grey color. The bowl part is held together with the base with a long metal rod with a decorative top. I am sure some sort of glue is involved at the joint as well. The piece displays nicely bu is not withoutflaw as one could expect given the fragile nature and size. There are some chips to the flowers and leaves on the base (nothing major really), a firing crack to the front only of the neck of the male putto, a chip to the underside toes of the female's upper foot which is not obvious from the front, just a little bit of damage to the applied flower of the basket (very minor), two chips to the edge of the base of which one is mostly glazed over and from when it was made and a crack to the edge of the basket as shown. That is the only damage that matters I think. It is more of a hairline where a piece came outin the front or that is where it got knocked and the hairline went from there. It's not bad and the peice really display nicely! It is rather large being 11.5 inches tall with the bowl being 8 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep. The base is about 4.25 inches by 4.125 inches. The compote is marked underneath with the under glaze blue crossed swords mark with one cut in it because of the firing crack issue in the neck of the male. It also has the usual impressed and incised marks as shown. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

Price is $999
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