Cup and saucer

German (Meissen)
about 1780
Made by Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Meissen, Germany


9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red stoneware

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Unglazed; red stoneware. Two square handles in the neoclassical style spring from acanthus leaves at top.

When the MFA was founded in 1870, one goal was that the collections would serve as inspiration for craftsmen and designers. This cup and saucer came as a gift from the Meissen factory archives. Boston’s leading ceramics retailer, Richard Briggs, had asked for gifts on several previous visits to Germany. In 1880, the factory director finally gave in and sent this cup with instructions that Briggs present it to the “museum of your town.”


By 1880, Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Saxony, Meissen, Germany; 1880, gift of the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Saxony through Richard Briggs to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 1, 1880)

Credit Line

Gift of the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Saxony