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Lot 86: Meissen, Petit Déjeuner with Watteau Painting, 18th C.
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Porcelain, painted polychrome and gold
Porcelain Factory Meissen, mid 18th century
Underglaze blue sword marks and partially impressed marks
Petit déjeuner comprising 1 coffee pot, 1 tea pot, 2 cups and 2 matching saucers
Decorated with delicately painted genre scenes and scattered flowers
Height of the coffee pot: 22.9 cm
Provenance: private property Wiesbaden
The four-piece service is suitable for 2 people and comprises of the following items:
1 coffee pot; height: 22.9 cm
1 tea pot; height: 10.5 cm
2 cups with 2 matching saucers
The set is altogether in good condition, consistent with age, and bearing signs of wear. In places manufacturing-related flaws like smaller fire cracks. Several restorations and small chips as well as color abrasion.
Porcelain Manufactory Meissen
Porcelain has been known in Europe since the 13th century, but always had to be imported from China. Thus it was mostly of lower quality the Chinese rarely gave their best ware to the foreigners and extremely expensive. As demand for porcelain became greater, European alchemists tried to discover the formula to create hard-paste porcelain. The production of the first European hard-paste porcelain was the result of a collaboration between the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger and the scientist Ehrenfried Walther Graf von Tschirnhaus at the court of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, in Dresden. As a matter of fact, it was finally achieved for the first time in Europe in 1708 to produce a white hard paste porcelain and in 1710 Augustus established Europes first hard-paste porcelain factory in the Albrechtsburg, a palace in Meissen. The so-called Böttgerporzellan actually had more of a stoneware quality and it was not until the year 1713 that white porcelain was available for purchase. Initially unmarked, the motif of the crossed swords was developed in the early 1720s and used from 1723 onwards. Since then, beautifully modelled and painted figures and table services were produced at Meissen, establishing its reputation as the pre-eminent porcelain factory in Europe. Outstanding potters, modelers and painters, e.g. Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775), Johann Gottlieb Klinger (1701-1781) and Count Camillo Marcolini (1739-1814), were employed at the factory, which dominated the 18th century style of porcelain, and Meissen wares and figurines were imitated by craftsmen at other porcelain factories throughout Europe. Meissen celebrated its 300 years of existence in 2008. Until today, Meissen porcelain is known for highest quality and originality and greatly appreciated. (nlu)
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