The figures are 14cm. in height. Each is modelled in the form of a putto supporting a pierced double ogée rococo vase, decorated with gilt-edged rocaille moulding and delicately painted Manier Blumen. The crossed swords mark in underglaze blue appears on each base. The Meissen factory was the first in Europe to make hard paste porcelain. Production began in 1710 and the mark of the blue crossed swords was first introduced in 1720 to protect the factory’s production. It is now one of the oldest trademarks in existence.