Height (cup .83): 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diameter (saucer .84): 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1954
Not on view
The Meissen factory, established outside Dresden in 1710, was the first in Europe to discover the formula for hard-paste porcelain. This coffee cup with saucer is one of the earliest manufactured at Meissen. It is decorated with a metallic luster glaze in the interior of both the cup and the saucer. The gold content of this glaze, which produced the pearly iridescence, made it an expensive type of decoration, underscoring the high status of coffee drinking.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: see notes
Count Jan Szembek ; [ Art market , Mexico, before 1954; said to be from Poland ] ; [ John J. Klejman , before 1954; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1954; to MMA)