8 December 2003
Three Meissen busts emblematic of the Seasons
Circa 1755, blue crossed swords mark to back of Winter's base, the decoration of Spring later
Spring modelled as a young girl looking to the right with flowers in her hair, scantily clad in a turquoise robe, Autumn modelled to the left as a grinning bearded satyr with a garland of vine leaves and grapes in his hair, Winter modelled to the left as a bearded old man huddled inside a fur-lined blue robe, each on waisted pedestals of square section with canted corners, the sides with shaped panels with pendant husks, the gadrooned lower parts above flared bases (Spring with minute chipping to flowers and minute wear to red enamel, Autumn broken through neck and and restored, chipping to front right corner of his base and his garland, wear to enamels and gilding, Winter with chip to back left corner of base, slight wear to gilding)
Approximately 3¼ in. (8.4 cm.) high (3)
Dr. Aurel von Dobay Collection, Budapest, sale Lepke, Berlin, 9th 10th December 1926, lots 360-362
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, inv. M.N. n. 522, 532, 524.
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Alfred Ziffer, 1991, pp. 22, nos. 5, 6 and 7.
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