- Museum number
Teabowl and saucer; hard-paste porcelain; fine white porcelain; applied gold decoration in relief; cup with bird in branches and tree twice on outer surface, four groups of hunting scenes inside lip; saucer with bird in branch and stylised flowers; unmarked.
- Production date
1715-1720 (circa, made)
1730-35 (circa, decorated)
Diameter: 12.50 centimetres (saucer)
- Curator's comments
- Errol Manners had observed that the style of the applied gilt decoration on this Böttger porcelain teabowl and saucer is similar to that on a tall glass goblet in the British Museum (1886,113.1), which was identified as Saxon, and by its monogram and royal coat of arms, for Augustus III, dates it to 1733-4. The assumption being that this type of decoration was produced long after the departure of Christoph Conrad Hunger (fl. 1715-1748), who worked in the porcelain workshop in Dresden, before fleeing to Vienna in 1717, as his name is often associated with it.
The authors of the Syz Collection catalogue (H. Syz, J. Jefferson Miller II, R. Rückert, 'Catalogue of the Hans Syz Collection', Washington D.C., 1979, no. 359) point out, there is no substantial evidence for this attribution. The motifs found on similarly-decorated teawares in other collections (see W. B. Honey, 'Dresden China', London, 1954, pl. XVII for an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum) share a common theme. A comparable teabowl and saucer was sold at Sotheby's, Zurich, 22 May 1981, lot 2, and a teabowl was sold in the same rooms on 2 December 1981, lot 83.
- On display (G46/dc16)
- Some of the raised gilding rubbed.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number