Very Scarce 18thc. Rare Meissen Figurine Baby Boy / Marcolini Period
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Very Scarce 18thc. Rare Meissen Figurine Baby Boy / Marcolini Period:
Beautiful Meissen baby boy sucking his thumb. He looks about one-year old just starting to walk and leaning mightily onto the pillar. Little hat in hand. The hallmark is in underglaze blue with crossed swords and an asterisk in between the cross-swords. This dates the piece to theMarcolini period -- 1774-1814. The boy is in overall good condition. There is missing gold/enamel to the base and elsewhere due to having been handled for approx. 225 years. There seems to be a tiny bit missing from the ribbon strips under his arm (not sure, but it's hidden behind the pillar -- pic 3) and a few missing leaf tops from the basket (which are not noticeable -- pics 9, 10, and last pic) and a tiny dark dot in his hair (see last pic). Under the bottom of his coat in the back, it seems like there is an extra layer of enamel (not paint), but this was probably done at the factory (pic 11). No repairs or other issues. Very fine early example.
As noted in Antique Marks:
The dot-period was followed by the Marcolini-period, named after Count Camillo Marcolini who became director of the company in 1774 and he held this position until 1814.The Meissen production from this period was marked in undeglaze blue with crossed swords and an asterix in between the cross-pieces.
And, as noted in the Internet Antique Gazette:
The Marcolini period of Meissen manufacture takes its name from Count Camillo Marcolini, Prime Minister of the German kingdom of Saxony, where the Meissen factory was located, who was also named director of the Meissen works in 1774, a position he held until 1814. Marcolini perfected the Neo-Classical style of Meissen forms and decoration introduced by his predecessor and its products are highly valued and sought after. Meissen products from the Marcolini period were marked with the traditional crossed swords plus a star (sometimes looking like an asterisk) located near the short ends of the swords, all in underglaze blue.