The "Venus in a Seashell" figurine, which was first produced in 1769, was most likely designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler based on an old model from the period in which his epochal "Swan Service" was created. It depicts Venus, the Ancient Roman goddess of love, with her son, Cupid, seated in a seashell that Kaendler designed in the Rococo style with decorative flourishes. The seashell is being held aloft by three Tritons who are perched on a craggy pedestal, over which water cascades down, crashing onto to the rocks below. The colourful décor brings out the sculptural details of the figurine, lending it a warmth and liveliness that is characteristic of the piece's period of inception. Delicate gold accents adorn the edges of the seashell and cushion tassels, catching the eye and allowing this unique masterpiece of Meissen Rococo style to shine with a brilliant new lustre.