A fine and delightful German porcelain figurine of a girl feeding a sheep dating from the 19th or early 20th century. The figure stands on a scroll work rounded base decorated with relief molded gilded scrollwork. The girl is dressed in traditional costume with a loose armless waistcoat over a body fitting top with a long skirt and apron and wearing a bonnet. She is bare footed and stands alongside a tree stump on which she has rested her apron and on which lies a sheep and supports the sheep with her right arm. In her left hand she is holding some lettuce leaves and offering them to the sheep. The figurine is very finely hand painted with wonderful patterned detail and gilding to her clothing. The sheep and facial features are naturalistically hand painted and the figurine has an underglaze blue crossed sword mark to the base along with impressed and painted numbers.
In good condition.
Origin : Germany
Maker : Meissen Porcelain
Manufacture Date : 19th or Early 20th Century
Materials : Porcelain