Meissen Putti Cherub Boy FigurineMeissen Putti Cherub Boy Porcelain Figurine. This is a very fine Meissen putti figurine with a gorgeous face. It measures 5.25 inches tall and is in excellent condition with only minor losses to a few leaves: one tiny nip at the very end of one finger and a small nick on the end of the vine branch on that hand.
Meissen was the first European hard paste porcelain, and it was developed in 1708. The early figures are extremely valuable. Meissen porcelain has been marketed and sold since 1713.
The crossed swords in underglaze blue are the famous trademark. The swords must be carefully scrutinized to determine if they are Meissen marks, as other companies soon copied these swords with slight variations. The crossed swords are still used today. This is a much newer production of Meissen. The blue eyes are a giveaway as to the age. The blue was never used for eyes in the old figurines as it ran. Hence, the term flow blue.