Milk jug and cover

Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


15.3 x 12.2 cm (6 x 4 13/16 in.)

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The body of the pot is pear-shaped with a simple everted molded rim, a flared molded foot, and an S-shaped scroll handle. The pointed spout is gently curved and has an elongated heart-shaped opening. The domed cover has a simple wide lip and a bun finial. The gilded rim of the pot has a lustered top surface. Gilded Laub- und Bandelwerk encircles the pot just below the rim and includes the spout. A continuous harbor scene occupies the body of the vessel, extending to just below the termination of the handle. In the foreground two men in European dress converse with a Chinese and a Turk in robes of purple and gray respectively. To the left of the group are two barrels and two bundles near a palm tree and some broad-leaved vegetation, all of which are painted in shades of brown. Two sailing vessels intricately painted in brown, gray, and yellow occupy the middle distance. Visible in the far distance are small clusters of buildings set in a craggy landscape, which is painted in tones of green and gray. Much of the sky is filled with clouds, which are broadly painted in gray and blue. The water is densely painted in various shades of blue and mauve. Two thin parallel lines of red encircle the pot at the bottom of the scene; the foot rim is gilded. The handle is decorated with indianische Blumen and gilding, which is applied at the base and at the scroll near the top of the handle. The cover is decorated with a harbor scene beneath a gilded finial and a simple gilt band. In the foreground two figures are seen in profile amidst crates and a tree, all of which are painted in brown save for the puce robe of the figure on the left. Five figures wearing robes of orange, puce, and brown stand on a green expanse of land in the middle distance, with large bundles painted in the same palette as their robes. The body of water is painted in blue and mauve; sailing vessels and two small barges dot the harbor. A mountainous landscape with buildings is in the far distance, and birds and clouds are seen above. Two thin parallel red lines are at the bottom of the scene, above the simple, broad gilt band of the rim.


(1) on base, in underglaze blue: crossed swords; incised: three dots in triangle form, very faint


By 1965, Rita and Frits Markus; 1980, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

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Gift of Rita and Frits Markus