Spouted bouillon cup and stand

about 1725–30
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The tall cup with a flared rim and angular spout tapers to a plain foot ring. It is fitted with two ear-shaped handles. The interior rim of the cup is decorated with a gold band below which is scrollwork incorporating a scale pattern. The inside of the spout is entirely gilded. On the outside of the cup two elaborately painted quatrefoil cartouches frame chinoiserie scenes. Each shaped cartouche is decorated with gilt scrollwork enclosing areas of Böttger luster; further scrollwork in iron-red and puce surrounds the gilded design. In one cartouche two men in oriental dress converse, one of whom stands holding an umbrella, while the other sits facing him. Both men wear wide-brimmed hats; the standing figure wears an iron-red robe and puce trousers, while his companion is dressed in a yellow and brown robe. Between the two men on the ground can be seen a jug and a tall beaker from which steam rises. To the left of the figures is a spray of iron-red flowers with green leaves. The cartouche on the other side of the cup depicts a standing figure in a puce robe holding a fan in one hand and a feather in the other. He converses with a child wearing an iron-red robe. A clump of flowers is to the left; on the right is a small structure, probably a kiln, from which smoke rises. A jug of the same height as the kiln stands further to the right. Two sprays of indianische Blumen extend toward the rim from the top of each handle, on which a third spray is centered. There is gilt scrolling at both junctures of the handle to the cup, and bell flowers in gold descend from the upper join. At either side of the terminus are two insects painted in iron-red, yellow, and puce. A plain gilt band covers the foot ring. The circular stand has two lug handles, each of which is decorated with gilt scrollwork including a trellised lozenge on a Böttger luster ground, all within a plain gold border. The interior rim of the stand is decorated with a gilt scrollwork band similar to that on the interior or of the cup. A horizontally disposed quatrefoil cartouche is framed by gilt scrollwork enclosing a luster ground. Further scrollwork in iron-red and puce surrounds the gilt design, and masks in puce and iron-red are centered at the top and bottom. The enclosed scene depicts a seated oriental man in a puce robe holding a sheet of paper, possibly sheet music. A child presents another sheet of paper to the seated man, behind whom stands a man playing a flute. Flowers grow to the right of the group; trees are seen on the left in the far distance. The exterior of the stand is decorated with sprays of indianische Blumen in iron-red, puce, yellow, and green.


(1) on base of cup, in underglaze blue: AR in monogram
(2) inside foot ring of cup, impressed: two dots
(3) on base of stand, in underglaze blue: AR in monogram
(4) inside foot ring of stand, impressed: two dots


By 1961, Rita and Frits Markus; 1979, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus