This is a very interesting and nicely decorated set from the factory in Wallendorf in what is now the Thuringian area of Germany. The buildings and forests are rendered with pencil-sharp fineness, with some added brushwork to fill in the space. On the side of the cup opposite the handle a lone traveler with a cane passes in front of a large manse or castle. The artist used two different strengths of color to suggest that the buildings were receding into the distance. The small blue W on the bottom of each piece is the normal Wallendorf mark, and considering the shape it dates from the early part of the 19th century. I would say it is one of their better designs. The saucer is five and a quarter inches across. There is substantial gilding wear to the rims of both pieces, and unfortunately the cup has a vertical hairline. (Thuringia had nine porcelain factories in the 18th century: Gera, Gotha, Grossbreitenbach, Ilmenau, Kloster-Veilsdorf (or Closter-Veilsdorf), Limbach, Rauenstein, Wallendorf and Volkstedt.)

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Unusual Wallendorf Coffee Can and Saucer Decorated with Buildings in Landscapes c.1810.


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