Bowl with cover (part of a set)

Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538

The ensemble (1982.60.248–.251) is an assembled one, although one cup and saucer, both painted with riverscapes, are a fairly close match and are by the same hand. The xecond cup, also by the same artist, depicts an architectural landscape on one side, a winter skating scene opposite. On the saucer is a garden pavilion painted by a different artist. One cover is a modern replacement.

The porcelain is of the Böttger type. Similar cups and saucers are dated 1720–25 by Rückert,[1] but a slightly later date is suggested here by the incipient romanticism of the decoration. It is to be noted that, of the several known examples of cups of this model and decoration, the finials of the covers of all but these are in the form of a three-branched twig.

[1] Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, 1710–1810 (exhib. cat.), Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, 1966, cat. no. 130.

Bowl with cover (part of a set), Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present), Hard-paste porcelain, German, Meissen

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