This pair of saucers was purchased undecorated from the factory at Meissen then the scenes and gilding were added in the studio of Franz Ferdinand Mayer in Pressnitz. The wide calligraphic gilding in the border is particularly characteristic of Mayer’s style, as is the strong presence of red in the color scheme. Mayer was an artist and painter who operated a porcelain decorating studio as a sideline. The backs of these saucers are molded with bold prunus sprigs in the oriental style. One saucer shows a gentleman and lady friend who have stopped to eat in a forest, and the other depicts two milkmaids in a landscape with a city in the background. Each is four inches across. The milkmaids saucer has a small rim flaw, original to the piece. The decoration is in good order, with light gilding wear.
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