Cup and saucer

about 1740
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


6.8 x 7.8 cm (2 11/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The slender cup, which rests on a rimless base, has an ear-shaped, double-scrolled handle and a slightly flaring rim. The pale lilac ground contains two shaped ogival reserves diametrically placed. The reserves and the rim are outlined in dark brown. Each reserve contains an animal in an abbreviated landscape of flowers painted in blue, iron-red, turquoise, purple, and green and distant trees in blue and iron-red. The animals depicted are a ram, which stands in three-quarter view, and a reclining boar. A gold band encircles the base. The interior of the saucer is decorated with a camel painted in dark brown seen in profile, placed within a landscape that is slightly more elaborate than those depicted on the cup. The exterior of the saucer is painted with a pale lilac ground; a gold band encircles the foot ring.


(1) on unglazed base of cup, in blue: crossed swords
(2) on base of saucer, in undergalze blue: crossed swords
(3) inside foot ring of saucer, impressed (?): 2


December 1965, purchased in New York by Rita and Frits Marcus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Marcus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus