Cup and saucer

about 1730–40
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)


Overall (cup): 5 x 10.7 x 8.1 cm (1 15/16 x 4 3/16 x 3 3/16 in.) Other (Saucer): 3 x 13.6 x 12.3 cm (1 3/16 x 5 3/8 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





The quatrelobed oval cup has a wishbone-shaped handle. Crisply molded basketwork, covers the exterior of the cup and saucer and includes the area within the footring on the saucer. Quatrefoil cartouches on the cup and saucer contain flowers in relief. The interiors of the cup and saucer are decorated with a quatrefoil cartouche framed by scrollwork in gold, purple, and iron red. Each cartouche contains a landscape painted in iron red, purple, brown, green, blue, yellow, puce, and gray. Further scrollwork in gold, iron red, purple and yellow is painted just inside the rim at each juncture of the lobes on both the cup and the saucer.


Cup: crossed swords in underglaze blue; 22. in gold. Saucer: crossed swords in underglaze blue; 22 in gold.


Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection