MEISSEN c.1740 – 1750. German Hard-Paste Porcelain.
A Fine 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Teacup and Saucer. The Detailed Central Scene Depicts a View of Venice, the Cup is of a Walled Town. A Large Building to the Right Faces the Water which has a Gondola. the Elaborate Gilt Borders are of Laub-und Bandelwerk. The Cup and Saucer is Further Decorated with Deutsche Blumen (German Flowers). The Bases with a Crossed Swords Mark in Under-Glaze Blue for the Meissen Factory.
Diameter of the saucer : 12.2 cm (4 3/4 inches).
Height of the teacup : 4.3 cm (1 3/4 inches).
Meissen Porcelain was made for many European royal families, especially the Queen of Sweden, the Elector of Cologne and the King of Denmark but numerous pieces of Meissen occur with Italian armorials. Pieces of Meissen Porcelain, like the present example, also occur with topographical Italian views, while some what fanciful they can include known Venetian buildings. The Meissen connection with Italy was probably inspired by the Crown Price of Saxony’s Grand Tour of Italy between 1738 and 1740.