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Cup and Saucer Cup And Saucer, mid- 18th century

This is a cup and saucer. It was manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Manufactory and Meissen Porcelain Factory. It is dated mid- 18th century and we acquired it in 1912. Its medium is hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Meissen produced a great quantity of porcelain with a yellow ground whose decoration varies from detailed harbor scenes and chinoiseries to simple scattered bouquets of flowers, as seen here. Naturalistic Deutsche blumen (German flowers) first came into vogue ca. 1740, replacing the highly stylized Indianische blumen (Indian flowers) popular earlier in the century. This relatively modest motif could be quickly accomplished by factory decorators and would be applied to each piece of a tea service consisting of a tea pot, a sugar pot, a milk jug, a slop bowl, and several cups and saucers.

The rich, even color of the footed cup is offset by the pure white porcelain reserved within a quatrefoil cartouche. The rims of the set are enameled in brown, after the Chinese fashion. Monochrome colored grounds were developed at Meissen in conjunction with plans for the decoration of Augustus the Strong’s Japanese palace in Dresden. The Saxon Prince-Elector intended to arrange different colors of porcelain within a series of cabinets on the ground floor of his porcelain collection.

This object was donated by Mrs. Edward Luckemeyer. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Edward Luckemeyer.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a: cup): 4.7 × 10 × 8 cm (1 7/8 × 3 15/16 × 3 1/8 in.) H x diam. (b: saucer): 2.7 × 13.5 cm (1 1/16 × 5 5/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Underside of cup: [1] double crossed swords, painted in underglaze blue (Meissen Porcelain Manufactory mark) [2] "66" or "99", impressed underglaze [3] "S.", painted overglaze in brown or dark purple Underside of saucer: [1] double crossed swords, painted in underglaze blue (Meissen Porcelain Manufactory mark) [2] "63", impressed underglaze Side of saucer: [1] "Presented by Mrs. Kueltermeyer - 1912 28 pieces - [...] 25", written in ink on rectangular paper label with red border

It is signed

Unsigned

It is inscribed

Uninscribed

Cite this object as

Cup and Saucer Cup And Saucer, mid- 18th century; Manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Factory (Germany); Germany; hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel; H x W x D (a: cup): 4.7 × 10 × 8 cm (1 7/8 × 3 15/16 × 3 1/8 in.) H x diam. (b: saucer): 2.7 × 13.5 cm (1 1/16 × 5 5/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. Edward Luckemeyer; 1912-13-4-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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