Dish

German
about 1730–40


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

Overall (Diameter): 27.9 cm (11 in.); H. 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Accession Number

65.35

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Deep dish. Painted in underglaze blue, double-lined scrolls and flowers with the 8 Buddhist emblems of “Good Luck” in scalloped curving rim. Landscape with two horsemen, dog and rabbit shot by arrow. Mark with T.


This Meissen dish is closely modeled on a Chinese one to the left. Although there is some debate whether the painter’s mark is “K” or “T” on the reverse, and whether “K” stands for the artist Kilmberger, Kretzschmar, or David Koehler, there is no doubt that underglaze blue decoration at Meissen during this period was highly successful and nearly indistinguishable from the Chinese original.

Markings

Crossed swords underglaze blue with dot and the letter T, all enclosed in a double circle

Provenance

February 11, 1963, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1965, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1965)

NOTE: From 1963 until it was made a gift, this object was on loan to the MFA from R. Thornton Wilson.

Credit Line

Gift of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson