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Two-handled cup and saucer; hard-paste porcelain; crabstock-style handles; moulded oblique ribbing on lower part of cup and underside of saucer; decorated alternately in gold and with Böttger's purple lustre; stylised flowers in pink, green, blue, purple lustre and gold on cup and underside of saucer; flowering branch on saucer; unmarked.
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Diameter: 11.90 centimetres (saucer)
Height: 7 centimetres (cup)
Width: 9.50 centimetres (with handles)
Depth: 2.30 centimetres (saucer)
- Curator's comments
- This two-handled chocolate beaker and saucer, moulded with a border of swirling flutes was made at Meissen under Johann Friedrich Böttger. However, it was decorated outside the factory in the Dresden workshop of Johann George Funcke (fl. 1692-1727), a trained goldsmith. It has his limited characteristic palette of blue, green and puce enamel with gold and a decor of interlaced foliate scrollwork (Laub- und Bandelwerk). The lavender or purple lustre, also known as Böttger lustre, which resembles the lustre on mother-of-pearl, is thought to have been developed by Funcke with Böttger around 1716, before its adoption at Meissen. The saucer with the stylised spray of flowers is an unusual feature. It was only with the arrival of Johann Gregorius Horoldt at Meissen in 1720, that the factory began to enamel painting began in earnest.
Another example in the National Museum of Wales (De Winton Bequest, inv. DW585) is illustrated by Rollo Charles, 'Continental Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century', London, 1964, fig. 8B. A similar cup and saucer is in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden, and was shown by E. Hannover and B. Rackham, 'Pottery and Porcelain, a Handbook for Collectors', London, 1923, fig. 68. A comparable cup is in the Grassi Museum, Leipzig (Gielke 2003, cat. no. 28) and see Boltz in Keramos 167/68, 2000, p. 37. A comparable cup and saucer formerly in the Stanley Ungar Collection, was sold at Bonhams, Fine European Ceramics, 18 June 2014, lot 33. The catalogue entry lists pieces of this type from three different services.
- On display (G46/dc16)
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