Cup and saucer

about 1753
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


4.8 x 10.1 x 7.9 cm (1 7/8 x 4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





The cup is hemispherical in shape and has a wishbone handle. The continuous landscape that decorates the exterior is interrupted by the accolé coats of arms of the Pisani and Gambara families of Venice, which are painted opposite the handle. To the right of the coat of arms a music-making group comprising four figures is situated near a pedestal supporting an urn. To the left of the arms in the middle distance is a cluster of tall buildings surrounded by trees. A body of water and a series of flat-topped mountains are visible in the far distance. The figures wear clothes of the following colors: iron-red, puce, purple, green, blue, and yellow. The landscape is painted in various soft tones of green, yellow, blue, orange, and brown. The coats of arms are painted in gold, blue, puce, iron-red, and black; a rush and a branch are painted on either side of the arms. The handle and the foot ring are gilded. A scrolling gilt band encircles the inner rim of the cup. A spray of deutsche Blumen (European flowers) painted in puce, yellow, iron-red, and green decorates the inside of the cup. The matching saucer is painted with the same band of gilt scrollwork around the inner rim, and the coat of arms appears above a landscape that features in the foreground a seated man playing a flute and a promenading couple. Figures engaged in various activities occupy the landscape of the middle distance; just beyond, at the edge of a body of water is a large building with orange roofs, a craggy landscape is in the far distance. The exterior of the saucer is undecorated; a gold band encircles the foot ring.


(1) on base of cup, in underglaze blue: crossed swords; in gold: 7.
(2) on base of cup, impressed: 66
(3) on base of saucer, in underglaze blue: crossed swords; in gold: 7.; impressed: 2


Gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA in 1982 (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus