Teacup and saucer

about 1740
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Place of Manufacture: Meissen, Germany


4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





The shallow cup with everted rim has a low foot ring and an ear-shaped handle. The round saucer has a low foot ring. The exteriors of both pieces are painted with a mottled orange-red ground. On the exterior of the cup, opposite the handle, is a cartouche-shaped reserve edged in brown and containing a harbor scene painted in puce, iron-red, brown, green, and yellow. On the right, beside a pollarded tree, two men converse. On an embankment to the left a man, wearing an iron-red cape, talks to a woman in a puce gown. The reserve is framed with gold scrollwork. The rim and foot ring of both the cup and saucer are gilt, and the handle of the teacup has gilt and polychrome floral decoration. The white interior of both the cup and saucer is painted with a circular scene that is rimmed by a double line of iron-red. In the cup, there is a harbor with an arch and a tower in the left foreground, and in the center two figures are standing before a boat. The scene on the interior of the saucer shows a peasant, clad in an iron-red shirt and puce breeches driving a pair of cattle and a flock of sheep over a bridge that spans a stream. Beyond, there is a cottage in a cluster of trees and a landscape with a windmill and other buildings, in colors of green and puce.


(1) on base of cup, in underglaze blue: crossed swords
(2) on base of cup, impressed: 4
(3) on base of saucer, in underglaze blue: crossed swords
(4) on base of saucer, incised: 2

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus