An Early 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Saucer, Böttger Porcelain c.1715-1720. The Saucer is Moulded with Baroque Swags and Masks to the Back. With Slightly Later (c.1725-1735) Hausmalerei Decoration in the Chinoiserie Style of Johann Gregor Höroldt (1696 – 1775). It is Probable that the Saucer was Painted in Augsburg by One of Two Sisters, Either Sabina Hosennestel (1706-1782) or Elisabeth Wald.
Diameter : 14 cm (5 1/2 inches).
For a rare Meissen Hausmalerei saucer initialled 'SH' for Sabina Hosennestel see : Important Pottery and Porcelain, Sotheby's, London 17th March 1987. Lot 296. An Early 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Saucer, Probably Böttger Porcelain c.1715-1719.
The term Hausmalerei refers to porcelain decorated outside the factory. This outside decoration was done by enamellers who worked at home using small enamel kilns. Painters from the factory sometimes worked at home after hours, this happened at Sevres as well but the Royal control was such that this was an even less common occurrence, but workers from either factory were severely punished if they were caught. The Hausmalerei decorators who painted Meissen porcelain sometimes used pieces from a slightly earlier period, plain white porcelain was normally used but decorated pieces were also embellishments to make them more saleable. Hausmalerei decoration was in existence before the Meissen Porcelain factory started, Hausmalerei was being applied in Holland, at Delft, on Japanese and Chinese Porcelain. In England too pieces of Chinese porcelain, especially Blanc de Chine were being decorated as early as 1700.