- Museum number
Teapot and cover; porcelain; globular with plain handle and short spout; raised acanthus leaf decoration enamelled in blue round lower body, rim and cover; gilded spout, handle and edges and infill rococo decoration; contained within separate reserves, painted in colours, are seven portraits of figures in a variety of dress: a hussar with a bow and arrow, a black male and a black female, a jocky wearing a strap, a gentleman with a pipe, huntress wearing tricorn and a woman wearing a crown and holding a sceptre; marked; from a service.
- Production date
1720 (circa; made)
1725-35 (circa; decorated)
Diameter: 6.30 centimetres (base)
Height: 12 centimetres (with cover)
- Curator's comments
- This Meissen teapot is from a partial tea and coffee set in the Museum, which also includes a coffee-pot (1923,0314.154) and a sugar-box (1923,0314.153). The porcelain tea and coffee set was made at the factory about 1720-25. It was probably sold in the white to an independent decorator ('Hausmaler', or house painter). The lavish use of gold and the style of the painting points to the Seuter workshop of Augsburg goldsmiths. Augsburg was a major centre for independent enamel decoration, as well as engravers, in the first half of the 18th century; See Siegfried Ducret, 'Meißner Porzellan bemalt in Augsburg, 1718 bis um 1750',1972).
The shape with the applied acanthus leaves was probably designed by the Dresden court goldsmith, Johann Jacob Irminger (1635-1724). By the 1730s it was probably considered unfashionable and moderinzed with colourful enamel painting and gold added in Augsburg. The subjects were often based on print sources.
Ducret originally identified the decoration as from Abraham Seuter's workshop, but it was later attributed incorrectly to the Auffenwerth workshop. (See Siegfried Ducret, 'Meißner Porzellan bemalt in Augsburg, 1718 bis um 1750',1972, where the sugar bowl, from the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, c. 1730-40, is illustrated as fig. 282)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number