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Meissen Lidded Coffee Pot Rococo Period, Made circa 1750

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Meissen gorgeous as well as rare LIDDED COFFEE POT. DATING: ROCOCO PERIOD MADE FIRST HALF OF 18th CENTURY (before 1750-56) MATERIAL:   white porcelain, glossy finish, finest multicolored painting (figural type) TECHNIQUE:  handmade porcelain SUBJECT: LIDDED COFFEE POT This very interesting ROCOCO Coffee Pot is attached to round - slightly scalloped - foot from which the hollow, pear-shaped as well as lidded porcelain part (turqoise painted) is growing out. Additionally, the pot's surface as well as lid are excellently decorated with areas in which figural scenes of rural type are painted: Talking peasants (farmers) - being situated in landscape - are presented there / some of the figurines have sat down on vats / in backgrounds there are villages visible. The pictures are framed with golden painted borders. A very particular feature is the fact that the HANDLE OF THIS COFFEE POT is decorated with a sculptured female head (a so-said Mascaron) / finally, lid's hinge and edge of lid which has Rocaille knob are covered with a FRENCH SILVER MOUNTING (hallmarked !) of period of 1750-56. A very similar COFFEE POT is described and presented in following book: Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810 (München 1966), pages 102 / 103 and picture 384 on plate 98. MEASURES / DIMENSIONS: height: 24.5 cm ( = 9.64 inches) width: 14.0 cm ( = 5.51 inches) - measured from handle to spout depth: 11.0 cm ( = 4.33 inches) MARKS: THIS MEISSEN COFFEE POT IS MARKED BY BLUE MEISSEN SWORD MARK OF FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY - BEFORE MARCOLINI PERIOD / MADE BEFORE 1750 / FIRST QUALITY. THE SILVER MOUNTING IS HALLMARKED BY FRENCH (PARIS) MANUFACTORY, SHOWING A BIRD'S HEAD. Bibliography: Tardy International Hallmarks On Silver (Collector's Publications, UK 2000), mark on page 128: Paris 1750-56 (a bird's head - look at picture, please, I have attached here). PLEASE NOTE: We're shipping wordlwide, wrapped and packed in finest manner. Caused by value of this Meissen pot overseas shipping will be done with greatest care.

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  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    there aren't any damages existing ( = MUSEUM QUALITY !)
  • Dimensions

    H 9.64 in. x W 5.51 in. x D 4.33 in.

    H 24.49 cm x W 14 cm x D 11 cm

  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference number
    LU101442928952

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About Meissen Porcelain (Manufacturer)

Meissen Porcelain (Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen) is one of the preeminent porcelain factories in Europe and was the first to produce true porcelain outside of Asia. It was established in 1710 under the auspices of King Augustus II “the Strong” of Saxony-Poland (1670–1733), a keen collector of Asian ceramics, particularly Ming porcelain. In pursuing his passion, which he termed his “maladie de porcelaine,” Augustus spent vast sums, amassing some 20,000 pieces of Japanese and Chinese ceramics. These, along with examples of early Meissen, comprise the Porzellansammlung, or porcelain collection, of the Zwinger Palace, in Dresden.


The king was determined, however, to free the European market from its dependence on Asian imports and to give European artisans the freedom to create their own porcelain designs. To this end, he charged the scientist Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus and aspiring alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger with the task of using local materials to produce true, hard-paste porcelain (as opposed to the soft-paste variety European ceramists in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Spain had been producing since the late Renaissance). In 1709, the pair succeeded in doing just that, employing kaolin, or “china clay.” A year later, the Meissen factory was born.


In its first decades, Meissen mostly looked to Asian models, producing wares based on Japanese Kakiemon ceramics and pieces with Chinese-inflected decorations, called chinoiseries. During the 1720s its painters drew inspiration from the works of Watteau, and the scenes of courtly life, fruits and flowers that adorned fashionable textiles and wallpaper. It was in this period that Meissen introduced its famous cobalt-blue crossed swords logo—derived from the arms of the Elector of Saxony as Arch-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire—to distinguish its products from those of competing factories that were beginning to spring up around Europe.


By the 1730s, Meissen’s modelers and decorators had mastered the style of Asian ceramics, and Augustus encouraged them to develop a new, original aesthetic. The factory’s director, Count Heinrich von Brühl, used Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s botanical drawings as the basis for a new line of wares with European-style surface decoration. The Blue Onion pattern (Zwiebelmuster), first produced in 1739, melded Asian and European influences, closely following patterns used in Chinese underglaze-blue porcelain, but replacing exotic flora and fruits with Western varieties (likely peaches and pomegranates, not onions) along with peonies and asters.


During the same period, head modeler Joachim Kändler (1706–75) began crafting delicate porcelain figures derived from the Italian commedia dell’arte. Often used as centerpieces on banquet tables and decorated to reflect the latest fashions in courtly dress for men and women, these figurines, they were popular in their day, and are still considered among of Meissen’s most iconic creations. Kändler also created the Swan Service, which, with its complex low-relief surface design and minimal decoration is considered a masterpiece of Baroque ceramics.


The rise of Neoclassicism in the latter half of the 18th century forced Meissen to change artistic direction and begin producing monumental vases, clocks, chandeliers and candelabra. In the 20th century, Meissen added to its 18th-century repertoire decidedly modern designs, including ones in the Art Nouveau style. The 1920s saw the introduction of numerous animal figures, such as the popular sea otter (Fischotter), which graced an East German postage stamp in the 1960s. Starting in 1933, artistic freedom was limited at the factory under the Nazi regime, and after World War II, when the region became part of East Germany, it struggled to reconcile its elite past with the values of the Communist government. In 1969, however, new artistic director Karl Petermann reintroduced the early designs and fostered a new degree of artistic license. Meissen became one of the few companies to prosper in East Germany.


Owned by the State of Saxony since reunification, in 1990, Meissen continues to produce its classic designs together with new ones developed collaboratively with artists from all over the world. In addition, through its artCAMPUS program, the factory has invited distinguished ceramic artists, such as Chris Antemann and Arlene Shechet, to work in its studios in collaboration with its skilled modelers and painters. The resulting works of contemporary sculpture are inspired by Meissen’s rich and complex legacy.

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