Sugar caster (part of a service)

Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533

This object was originally part of one of the most celebrated porcelain dinner services produced in the eighteenth century. The service, which numbered approximately 3000 pieces, was made for Heinrich, Count von Brühl (1700–1763), the director of the Meissen factory. It is commonly referred to as the “Swan service” due to the motif of swans executed in low relief that appears on most of the components of the service. This composition of the swans swimming amid reeds is based on an etching of 1654 by Wenceslaus Hollar after Francis Barlow (ca. 1626–1702). Bruhl commissioned the service in 1737, and due to its size and complexity, it took approximately four years to produce.

Sugar caster (part of a service), Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present), Hard-paste porcelain, German, Meissen

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