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Beaker; porcelain; white; glazed; straight flaring sides; low foot; extremely finely potted and highly translucent; body contains a few tiny impurities; minute chip to glaze on outside foot-rim.
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Diameter: 4.80 centimetres
Height: 6.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This rare early Meissen beaker of 'Böttger' porcelain is among the earliest experimental white porcelain produced at Meissen from 1709 to c. 1725. It is not "true" hard-paste porcelain because it uses only kaolin and alabaster and does not include china clay and quartz, the latter replaced the alabaster in the composition from about 1725.
It is believed to have been in the Johanneum Museum, part of the Saxon Royal Collection, now the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. It may have been one of the two beakers included in an auction of duplicates from the Saxon Royal Collection, sold at Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, Katalog no. 1835, 7 October 1919, 'Porzellane und Waffen aus den Kgl. Sächsischen Sammlungen in Dresden', lots 75-76: 'Zwei Kleine Becher, glatt, um 1710. H. 7.5' There are eight similar beakers, also thin and uneven (P.E. 2773-2780), still in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The other beaker is now in the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina.
- On display (G46/dc16)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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