8 December 2003
A Meissen figure of a vegetable seller
Circa 1745, blue crossed swords mark at back
Modelled by J.F. Eberlein, wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat, white blouse, yellow bodice and a pink skirt, with a pile of root vegetables in her apron, standing barefoot before rocks on a circular mound base applied with flowers and foliage (right hand a replacement, hat broken through and restored, small chip to one vegetable, very slight chipping to leaves)
6¾ in. (17.3 cm.) high
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, inv. M.N. n. 543.
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Alfred Ziffer, 1991, p. 18, no. 2.
For a similar example of this figure, see Len and Yvonne Adams, Meissen Portarit Figures (London, 1987), p. 108, pl. XXVIII, where it is suggested that this figure's unusual straw hat was worn as protection from the sun while working.
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