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Cup and saucer

Ilmenau Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1777–1871)
ca. 1775
German, Thuringia, Ilmenau
Hard-paste porcelain
Height (cup .167): 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diameter (saucer .168): 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.167, .168
Not on view
The gift of the Hans Syz Collection in 1995 endowed the Museum with nearly three hundred examples of European and Asian ceramics meticulously acquired by Swiss-born collector Dr. Syz (1894–1991) to chart the migration of models and patterns from East to West. Documenting a continuous process of influence and adaptation, these pieces provide a discriminating review of the nuances of stylistic change resulting from three centuries of trade.
Marking: Painted in underglaze blue enamel on underside of each: [1] Vertical line, dot below

Impressed on underside of cup: [2] Slash

Painted in purple on cup: [3] Illegible mark (?)

Impressed on underside of sauer: [4] Z or 2
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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