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Allegorical Figures of the "Four Continents" Figures

This is a figures. It was after Freidrich Elias Meyer and manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 1960. Its medium is hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Estate of James Hazen Hyde. It is credited Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde.

  • Firebird Figurine
  • molded, enameled porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-184

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a: Asia): 15.7 × 9 × 6 cm (6 3/16 × 3 9/16 × 2 3/8 in.) H x W x D (b: Europe): 15.3 × 9.5 × 5.5 cm (6 in. × 3 3/4 in. × 2 3/16 in.) H x W x D (c: Africa): 15.2 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm (6 in. × 2 5/8 in. × 2 11/16 in.) H x W x D (d: America): 15 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm (5 7/8 × 2 5/8 × 2 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Figure of Asia (a): [1] double crossed swords, painted in underglaze blue (beneath cape, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory mark) [2] "[...]65924" (?), written in gold (very faint) [3] "TL.117.1972", written on blue paper label Figure of Europe (b): [1] dot above line, incised or impressed [2] "TL.116.1972", written in blue ink on rectangular label Figure of Africa (c): [1] double crossed swords, painted in underglaze blue (back of base, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory mark) [2] "TL[...]", written in blue ink on label [3] "266", painted in gold Figure of America (d): [1] "TL.119.1972", written in blue ink on rectangular label [2] "2 + 81" (?), written in pencil (partially obscured by mark 1) [3] "266", written in faded ink and crossed out in blue ink [4] cursive "Tiagl" (?) beneath "-2-" and other indecipherable scribblings, written in ink (faded) [5] outline of a rectangular label (removed)

It is signed

Unsigned

It is inscribed

Uninscribed

Cite this object as

Allegorical Figures of the "Four Continents" Figures; Manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (Germany); Germany; hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold; H x W x D (a: Asia): 15.7 × 9 × 6 cm (6 3/16 × 3 9/16 × 2 3/8 in.) H x W x D (b: Europe): 15.3 × 9.5 × 5.5 cm (6 in. × 3 3/4 in. × 2 3/16 in.) H x W x D (c: Africa): 15.2 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm (6 in. × 2 5/8 in. × 2 11/16 in.) H x W x D (d: America): 15 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm (5 7/8 × 2 5/8 × 2 11/16 in.); Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde; 1960-1-29-a/d

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