A pair of Meissen pot-pourri figures, circa 1750/55.

Each figure is modelled in the form of a putto supporting a pierced double ogée rococo vase. The vases and covers are decorated with gilt-edged rocaille moulding and delicately painted flowers known as Manier blumen; the putti scantily clad with yellow-lined turquoise cloaks suspended from the shoulder by puce straps. Pot pourri, a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, has been used for centuries to mask unpleasant smells and to help prevent infestations of moths and was common throughout the Georgian period. The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: “The Japan Closet….two urns supported by boys”. 14cm high.

REFERENCE: CER0689

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