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Chocolate cup and saucer with dragons and phoenixes

Factory:
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Date:
ca. 1739
Culture:
German, Meissen
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze
Dimensions:
Height (Cup (.384)): 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); Diameter (Saucer (.385)): 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.384, .385
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
A service decorated with red dragons was delivered to Augustus III, elector of Saxony and king of Poland, between 1734 and 1739. The Red Dragon pattern is now thought to have originated at Meissen, but its concurrent appearance on Chinese and Japanese porcelain obscures the source of its invention. The phoenix in the center, as a symbol of the female (yin) principle, complements the dragon as that of the male (yang) principle.
Inscription: Inscribed in puce enamel on underside of each: K / H C (Königliche Hof-Conditorei)

Marking: Painted in underglaze blue enamel on underside: crossed swords (Meissen factory mark)

Impressed inside foot rim of cup: D

Impressed inside foot rim of saucer: 2
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
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