Meissen porcelain teapot from 1780's Marcolini. Meissen products from the Marcolini period were marked with the traditional crossed swords plus a star (sometimes looking like an asterisk) located near the short ends of the swords. Silver spout (tests for sterling) added later.
The dot-period was followed by the Marcolini-period, named after Count Camillo Marcolini who became director of the company in 1774 and he held this position until 1814.
The Meissen production from this period was marked in underglaze blue with crossed swords and an asterisk in between the cross-pieces.
Measures 4 1/2 inches tall.
Very nice condition. Two minor spots from firing production.