Antique Meissen hand painted puce tea cup and same period puce saucer with both exhibiting the Marcolini blue underglaze cross swords and star/asterisk marks (see Photo 3) and without any factory cancellation marks. As such, this teacup and saucer demonstrate good quality and workmanship as approved by Meissen management and staff inspectors (see all Photos). This is a married cup and saucer since the patterns on each are comparable but not identical, and where both vessels date from the same time period, have an authentic late 1700s Marcolini Meissen underglaze blue mark and the expected tiny impressed factory control numbers typically referred to as pressnommers (see Photo 4 for image of impressed A and 21 on the underside of the saucer). The teacup has pressnommers Z6 or N6 and also has gilded accents hand painted in over glaze gold highlighting the floral motif and the interior border (see Photo 5).
The front of the teacup has a hand painted rendering of the banded hedge pattern (see Photo 2) that appears on Meissen porcelain as earlier 1720-23 (see Hugo Morley-Fletcher’s ‘Antique Porcelain in Color: Meissen’ published in 1971 by Barrie & Jenkins via Doubleday & Co., Inc., page 44 bottom). The origin of this Oriental pattern is attributed to Japanese porcelain dating from the end of the 1600s that was decorated in the Kakiemon-style and exported to Europe (see George Savage and Harold Newman’s ‘An Illustrated Dictionary of Ceramics’ that was published in 1985 by Thames & Hudson, page 165). The pattern depicts a hedgerow bound and tied by a ribbon while asymmetrical vines and flowers flow out of it in two directions. This pattern has also been referred to as squirrel, gourd-vine, and banded hedge when a squirrel is also depicted. A much older Meissen reference work from the early 1900s called the pattern Corn-ears and noted that it was produced early at the Meissen factory and as far back as the 1720s under the influence of decorator J.G. Hoeroldt (aka Horoldt). Subsequently, this pattern continued in production from time to time over many decades and extending into the 1800s (see Fig. 6 on Page 15 with discussion on Page 16 in editor Dr. K. Berling’s book titled ‘Meissen China: an Illustrated History’ originally published in 1911 in English and reprinted in by Dover Publications, Inc., NY).
The saucer listed here is also painted in puce and has some of the same elements as the teacup but lacks the banded hedge (see Photos 1, 3 and 9). The outer border on the saucer is different from the interior border on the cup (see Photos 1, 5 and 9), has no gold gilding, and the saucer lacks the double row of reeded ridges found on the interior of the cup (c.f., Photo 5 and 9). Additionally, the saucer’s Meissen mark has an asterisk-style star whereas the cup has a true star. There is a painter’s mark on the foot ring of the saucer that looks like the number ‘8' along with three dots all in puce. Finally, the porcelain paste on the teacup is pure white whereas the saucer has a slight tint of off white hue (see all Photos).
Therefore, and as noted above, this teacup and saucer is a mix marriage between two Meissen vessels produced separately under Marcolini that have subsequently been joined together because they share some affinities but were not originally sold as a matched set. Meissen’s Marcolini wares were produced from 1774 up to about 1814, however the age of these two vessels is placed in the circa 1775 to 1795 period, hence the c1785 mid-date. And so if you are a collector of porcelain or connoisseur of early hand painted wares decorated after Oriental examples, then do make sure you seriously consider this married set while it is still available. It offers you a chance to acquire two different Meissen antiques that display well together and have no damage or repairs (see full Condition notes below). And as always, this set also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return the set using my return policy (both vessels must be sent back since they are sold as a single Lot; see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE: The saucer has a rim diameter of about 5 1/16 inches and stands about 1 inch tall with a footring diameter of 2 13/16 inches. The teacup has a rim diameter of 3 inches and stands just about 1 7/8 inches tall with a footring diameter of about 1 3/8 inches. Both vessels display exceptionally well and can be exhibited on a shelf, along a mantle, in a china cabinet or hutch and will certainly capture attention and conversation in most any setting.
CONDITION: Both teacup and saucer are in excellent condition with no major production defects and no cracks, hairlines, star cracks, major scratches, stains, repairs or restorations. The glaze on both vessels is shiny and bright and has no crazing as expected (see all photos). Overglaze puce enameled decoration is more than 99.5% on the teacup and more than 99% complete on the saucer (see all Photos). And so two better examples of late 1700s Meissen hand painted puce vessels would be hard to find today without paying more than what is asked here.
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