An 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Teacup and Saucer Decorated with Scattered Ombrierte Insects c.1745. The Insects Vary from Large to Very Small with Shadows Painted Under them are Scattered Over the Surface of the Cup and Saucer. The Base with a Crossed-Swords Mark for the Meissen Factory.
In perfect condition.
Diameter : 13.3 cm (5 1/2 inches)
For a Meissen teapot and cover of this type see : A Distinguished Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, Christie`s London, July 2nd 2002, lot 129.
Designs like the present example were inspired by engravings of insects shown with other things taken from the natural world, from fields and hedgerows, such as insects, fruit, nuts, birds and flowers. The designs of Georg Hoefnagel (1542-1600) engraved by Jacob Hoefnagel (1575-1640) were copied by the Du Paquier factory in Vienna but the individual insects were avoided. Individual insects were used to decorated porcelain at the Carlo Ginori factory at Doccia in the 1740`s.