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The Wind

  • 'The Wind'. Cerralbo Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    'The Wind'. Cerralbo Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura



Decorative arts




Fábrica de Porcelana de Meissen

Original title

El Viento
Cerralbo Museum

This is one of the vases depicting the Four Elements, which, with another vase symbolising the maximum splendour of the kingdom of France, were created in 1741 by Joachim J. Kändler, the main sculptor at the Meissen porcelain factory.

The reliefs and figures which decorate this vase represent the Wind, symbolised by the figure of Juno –goddess of the heavens in mythology–, the peacock beside her, the birds in flight and a furled cloth held by two winged spirits playing the flute and another representing Zephyr, the god of wind.

The five vases were a gift to King Louis XV from Augustus III, Elector of Saxony, the owner of the factory. The factory maintained its pre-eminence for 200 years, and reproduced the same vases in the 19th century for a bourgeois clientele who decorated their houses with porcelain from Saxony.

Details of the work


Height = 64 cm; Maximum Width = 40 cm

Hard porcelain (kaolin)

Place of production
Meissen Factory (Saxony, Germany, Europe)


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