German porcelain coffee pot with hand painted scenic decoration in sepia (dark brown). The applied floral bud finial on the lid is painted in green and puce enamels, and there are gilded accents on the edges of the pot and lid as well as on the handle and underside of the spout. It is a very pretty piece.
The piece is not marked but closely resembles other monochrome decorated pieces (we have seen others done in black and puce) made in Thuringia in the final years of the eighteenth century.
The decoration depicts rural scenes with gnarled trees, church spires, ruined towers, and a cottage with a thatched roof, bordering either a river or a lake. In one scene, country folk stroll along the water's edge and fish from a rowboat. The porcelain is bright white and the surface is very smooth and very shiny.
The piece is in very good condition for its age, with only minor losses to the gilding. There are a few small surface scratches in the glaze. The detailed sepia painting is in excellent condition. The floral bud on the lid has been repaired (glued: see photo), and there has been professional restoration (which has yellowed over the years) to the spout. The inner ring of the lid is very rough, showing several chips. Some of these may date to the time of manufacture and others likely are the result of later mishaps. In either case, no cracks radiate from them and they will not show when the pot is displayed with the lid on.
The pot weighs just under 2-1/4 pounds before packaging. It is approximately 10 inches tall over all and the body is 5-3/8 inches in diameter. The piece measures 6-1/2 inches at its widest point and the top opening is about 2-3/4 inches in diameter.
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