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Standing cup with cover and stand

Factory:
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Modeler:
Johann Joachim Kändler (German, Fischbach 1706–1775 Meissen)
Date:
ca. 1735
Culture:
German, Meissen
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Overall, cup: 15 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (39.4 x 15.9 cm); Overall, stand: 1 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (3.8 x 29.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of his brother, Orme Wilson, 1966
Accession Number:
66.63a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
Commissioned by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, to commemorate the state visit to Dresden in January 1728 of the king and queen of Prussia, parents of Frederick the Great. The queen’s initials, SD for Sophie-Dorothea, are three times displayed. The larger finial figure of Athena is closely related to a silver statuette in the Electoral collections at Dresden, made by Philipp Kuesel of Augsburg before 1700. The turquoise ground has reserves with gold-lace borders painted by Heroldt with colorful chinoiserie figures in idyllic landscapes. This splendid cup illustrates that interesting phase of early Meissen production when the compelling influence of all things Chinese had been superseded by a temporary dependence on silver shapes; the lure of the Orient continued in the painted decoration.
Inscription: (in gold, on Minerva's shield, on oval shields in 2 cartouches on cup and on fabric in one cartouche on cover) Monogram SD [Sophie Dorothea, Queen of Prussia (1687-1757)]

Sticker inside hollow of stem: Nº 9 / Boudoir

Marking: [1] (in underglaze blue on underside of cup and stand) Crossed swords (Meissen factory mark);
[2] (incised under glaze on underside of cup) N 6 ;
[3] (Former's mark; impressed on inside foot ring of stand) Three dots ;
[4] (in underglaze blue on inside outer foot ring of stand) /
Dr. Albert Kocher ; Baroness Leonino de Rothschild ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1966; to MMA)
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