Four Elements Porcelain Ewers by Meissen

  • This exceptionally rare and important set of Meissen ewers represents the Four Elements
  • They are among the most famous examples of Meissen palace porcelain ever made
  • Earth, Air, Water and Fire are all represented on the monumental pieces
  • These Meissen interpretations are true to the mythology and are simply stunning
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Item No. 30-7554

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This extremely rare and important set of Meissen ewers represents the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Impressive in both size and artistry, they are among the most famous and spectacular examples of Meissen palace porcelain ever made. First introduced by legendary Meissen artist Johann Joachim Kandler around 1735, these outstanding designs endured for more than 100 years. Kandler was highly regarded for his allegorical representations, and the Four Elements represent the height of his achievements. 

Earth is represented by a detailed hunt scene and presided over by Pan, the Greek god of woods and fields. Air is beautifully portrayed with flying birds and billowing clouds, all under the reign of Juno, the goddess who personifies air, and her peacock. Neptune rules the waves on the ewer representing Water, which also depicts his team of sea horses striding dramatically from the sea. Finally, Fire is represented by a dragon-shaped handle, animals fleeing the burning forest and Vulcan, the god of fire. Thoughtfully placed details such as Fire's bellows and Air's birds invoke a real sense of the elements on each of these porcelain masterpieces.

For centuries artists have depicted the Four Elements in various mediums inspired by the prevailing fascination with the Greek and Roman Gods. These Meissen interpretations are true to the mythology and are simply stunning.

Each ewer features the Meissen crossed swords underglaze

Earth: 26" high x 17" wide x 9 1/2" deep
Water: 24" high x 16 1/2" wide x 9" deep
Fire: 26 3/4" high x 16" wide x 9 1/2" deep
Air: 26" high x 14 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" deep
Four Elements Porcelain Ewers by Meissen
Maker: Meissen
Period: 18th Century
Origin: Germany
Type: Cups/Pitchers

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