This is a German Meissen hard paste porcelain pot with a bronze lid. Some literature on Meissen states this is a demitasse chocolate pot and the author of another book states that it is a hot milk jug. The date is the late 18th to the early 19th century, circa the Count Marcolini Period, around 1774 to 1817.
The blue underglaze marks on the bottom are the crossed swords, with a star underneath, and then another blue line below the star.
The pot is about 5 5/8” high to the top of the finial, and about 4 7/8” high to the top of the mouth. It is 4 ¾” wide from spout-to-handle.
The pot is unique in that it has a metal lid, and the metal is most likely bronze. The metal lid fits over the top perfectly. As you can see from the photo showing the pot without the lid, the top raises up to form a ridge for the mouth, meaning the design and intent is for the lid to go over the ridge. The finial is solid on the lid; however there is some loose wiggling due to age.
The other unique aspect of the pot is that there appears to be a bronze chain looping around the spout. The chain can be either metal or a clever use of porcelain with a bronze color added over the top. I am not going to nick it to try to determine what it actually is.
Another unique aspect of the pot is that on the body of the pot, where the handle attaches to the pot at the top, there is a four-leaf clover design that is porcelain, and is enameled in copper color and gold. I show a photo and point to two areas where the color has flaked off, and you can see that it is porcelain underneath the color.
The pot is glazed white. Around the top there is a cobalt glaze band, with a gold overlay design, and lines of gold trim. There is another line of gold trim around the base.
The handle is very German, with the sharp angles. The outside of the handle is painted with a geometric gold design. The sides of the handle are white, gold and one blue line to match the cobalt band.
Here are the flaws, and you can see everything clearly in the photos:
1. There is a large glaze skip crack on the interior bottom, where the bottom meets the side. I show this glaze crack in a photo. There is a smaller lighter one on the opposite side of the interior bottom that can’t be seen in a photo. 2. The handle has a small indentation at the top, near the angle where the handle goes down, and this indentation has gold trim over it. You can see the flaw in the first photo. 3. There are the two flakes of enamel missing from the four-leaf clover where the handle attaches to the body of the pot, and I already mentioned these two flaws. Additionally, there is a blob of this enamel on the body of the pot, on the inside of where the bottom end of the handle attaches to the pot. 4. There is some wear to the gold trim due to age. 5. This is a maybe, might-be, flaw and that is the spout may have been restored a long time ago. I don’t know for certain. It may be a possibility, and if so, it was an excellent job of restoration. I mention the possibility because the nature of the porcelain seems just a bit different at the spout, but then, it might have something to do with how the metal-appearing chain was applied to the pot and is not a restoration at all, just something I’ve not seen before. 6. The glaze around the mouth shows some wearing where the metal lid has rubbed against it over the centuries; however the glaze is still in good condition.
There are no other chips, cracks or crazing.
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