Tankard

German
about 1723-24
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Probably painted by Johann Gregorious Höroldt (German, 1696–1775)


Object Place: Meissen, Europe, Germany

Dimensions

19.9 cm (7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

34.1352

Medium or Technique

Porcelain, underglaze blue, overglaze enamels, gilding, silver-gilt mounts

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Cylindrical with polychrome enamel decoration in Chinese style. Gilt metal mounts.


For painters, tankards are an ideal shape, since their surfaces are flat and continuous. The painting here is in the style developed at Meissen under J.G. Horoldt, who became the factory’s manager in 1719. Horoldt expanded the range of enamel colors available to painters and promoted a distinctive style of Chinoiserie decoration. This tankard shows men enjoying tricks performed by dogs, a monkey, and a fox.

Markings

The letter B in black ink?

Provenance

Agnes Salm-Salm (b. 1844 - d. 1912), Karlsruhe, Germany. By 1911, Dudley Leavitt Pickman (b. 1850 - d. 1938), Boston [see note]; 1934, gift of Dudley Leavitt Pickman to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 6, 1934)

NOTE: First lent to the MFA on May 19, 1911.

Credit Line

Gift of Dudley Leavitt Pickman