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Cup And Saucer (Germany)

This is a Cup and saucer. It was manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Factory. We acquired it in 1912. Its medium is porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Meissen produced a great quantity of porcelain with a yellow ground whose decoration varies from detailed harbor scenes and chinoiseries to simple scattered bouquets of flowers, as seen here. Naturalistic Deutsche blumen (German flowers) first came into vogue ca. 1740, replacing the highly stylized Indianische blumen (Indian flowers) popular earlier in the century. This relatively modest motif could be quickly accomplished by factory decorators and would be applied to each piece of a tea service consisting of a tea pot, a sugar pot, a milk jug, a slop bowl, and several cups and saucers.

The rich, even color of the footed cup is offset by the pure white porcelain reserved within a quatrefoil cartouche. The rims of the set are enameled in brown, after the Chinese fashion. Monochrome colored grounds were developed at Meissen in conjunction with plans for the decoration of Augustus the Strong’s Japanese palace in Dresden. The Saxon Prince-Elector intended to arrange different colors of porcelain within a series of cabinets on the ground floor of his porcelain collection.

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Cup And Saucer (Germany); Manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Factory (Germany); porcelain; 1912-13-4-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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