- Museum number
Cup; hard-paste porcelain; moulded ribbed pattern on lower part, scroll handle; lower part, rim, handle and interior of cup richly gilt; painted on upper part in monochrome purple with shipwreck scene which is continued all round cup; signed.
- Production date
- 1735 (circa)
Diameter: 3.80 centimetres (base)
Height: 7.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
A similar Meissen cup, ca. 1720, with gold details and a continuous scene also in puce in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is signed by the Hausmaler Hans Gottlieb von Bressler (Breslau) 'H Gv B' , dated 1732, acc. no. 50.211.242.
This piece should be compared with a cup decorated in monochrome purple with a harbour scene illustrated by H. Jedding in 'Europäisches Porzellan', Munich, 1971, Band I, p. III/206, fig. 599, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (inv. 11/302, acquired 1911). The painting on the British Museum cup is extremely accomplished and the scene is not lacking in pathos. Such deeply-felt scenes are hardly ever found on porcelain.
- On display (G46/dc16)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number