An 18th century Meissen rib molded tea bowl and saucer, hand decorated in puce with Rococo style wheat sheaf and Indian flowers, with gold trim, gold points and intricate net borders. Tea bowl's straight foot rim has a very tiny flake on its interior edge; bottom marked with the blue crossed swords without dot ca 1763. Some light losses in the design on the inside edge of the cup and a tiny frit inclusion in the bottom of the cup that I've tried to illustrate, but it is hidden by the decoration so it is very hard to see/show. The saucer's interior side has a few light scratches and some areas of wear to the design that are also difficult to see with the unaided eye, but otherwise is in overall fine condition with excellent gilt decoration. It's bottom marked with the blue Academic or Dot period mark (1763 - 1774) with dot between the sword blades just above the hilt.
Tea bowl measures 1 3/4 inches tall, 2 13/16 across the top and 1 1/8 across the bottom. Saucer measures about 1 inch tall, 4 3/4 inches across the top and 2 3/8 across the bottom.
I have also listed a Marcolini period (1774 - 1817) Meissen sugar bowl with cover in this same pattern and an 18th century Limbach lidded pot with a closely matching pattern apparently intended to copy this particular early Indian painting design by Meissen. All pieces came from the same estate.
Uncommon antiques for the investor, as well as choice collectibles for the clever collector.
COLLECTION: A time machine on a shelf or a museum in the kitchen. Reach out and touch the memory of sweet childhood laughter.