This listing is for a beautiful Meissen porcelain desk set with two lidded inkwells with matching blotter and tray in the Scattered Flowers pattern. The design is hand painted and each piece is gilt embellished. The tray has a raised molded leaf design that encircles the border with cut-outs within the branches and leaves. Each piece (except the blotter) is marked with the Meissen blue under glaze crossed swords trademark stamp with "26/160" hand written. Mark on blotter is most likely covered with the blotter attachment. The Meissen marks have the double incised lines which indicates less than first quality. I could find no issue with any of the pieces to justify this grading although according to information in one of the Meissen reference books, one to two of the incised lines indicates that the item is unsuitable for table ware but was sold for display. This Meissen designation was used from 1852-1870.
Dimensions: Tray measures 9” (23 cm) long, 6 1/4” (16 cm) wide and 1” (2.5 cm) high. Inkwells measure 2 1/4” (5.5 cm) high (to top of lid), 1 3/4” (4.5 cm) high (without lid) with a 2 3/4" (7 cm) top diameter and 3" (7.5 cm) at widest point. Blotter measures 4 1/2” (11 cm) long, 2 1/4” (5.5 cm) wide and 2 1/2” (6 cm) tall. Combined weight is 2 pounds.
Condition: This stunning set is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Each mark does have the double incised lines as indicated above.
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