Cream jug

about 1730–35
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Possibly by Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck (1714–1754)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


5.65 cm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





The thrown, cup-shaped pitcher has flared sides rising from a flattened base. At the junction of the high, ridged foot ring is a stepped collar. The straight spout is triangular in section, and the handle ear-shaped. The exterior of the jug is painted with a light yellow ground, with two white quatrefoils reserved on opposite sides; they are outlined in puce. The spout, handle, and foot are white. The foot is decorated with a band of gold, and the rim is painted with a brown line. Each reserve shows an oriental boy standing on a patch of ground, painted in blue-gray, and surrounded by flowers painted in the Kakiemon style in turquoise, iron-red, green, puce, blue-gray, and gold. In one reserve the boy wears robes of green and iron-red, the latter highlighted with gold. In the second re-serve the boy, wearing an iron-red robe and sea-green trousers, stands before a fence composed of a blue and gold diaper pattern. The handle, spout, and interior are painted with small sprays of flowers in iron-red, turquoise, and blue.


(1) on base, in undergalze blue: crossed swords


1980, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1981)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus