- Museum number
Bottle; porcelain; small; Chinese form, wide bulbous body, flattened on top and tall slender neck expanded out at base; painted in colours outlined in black with two butterflies on branches; round neck two sprays on two branches; no marks.
- Production date
- 1740 (circa)
Diameter: 5.20 centimetres (max)
Height: 6.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The small vase or flask is painted with the so-called Butterfly or 'Schmetterlings' pattern. The design was after both Chinese porcelain 'famille-verte' and Japanese Kakiemon-style motifs with butterflies or moths and flowers. In 1755, a tableware service in this pattern from existing stock was sent from the factory to Hubertusburg, a royal hunting palace used by Augustus III. Many examples are marked KHC for 'Königlichen Hofkonditorei', the name of the royal court conectionary, where they were intended to be stored. Although not marked as such, this vase may have been included as part of the table decorations at Hubertusburg, associated with the dessert course, the grand finale of any formal meal. For a discussion of the Royal Court Pantries in Dresden and at Hubertusburg, see Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, 'Meissen Porcelain Figures in the Royal Court Pantries in Dresden, Warsaw and Hubertusburg: a Crash Course in the Hof-Conditorei inventories taken ahead of the Seven Years War', Art, Antiques London, 2015, Fair Handbook, London, 2015, pp.84-91. See also two examples in the Stiftung Ernst Schneider in Schloss Lustheim, discussed in Weber, 'Meissener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern', Band II, 2013, cat. no. 352.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number