MEISSEN. c.1745 – 1755. German Hard-Paste Porcelain.
An 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Teacup and Saucer with Hausmalerei Decoration. Painted with Well Dressed People in a Town or Village, with a Complex Gilt Border. The Decoration is Could Possibly be by F. J. Ferner or Perhaps by F.F. Mayer’s Workshop at Pressnitz. The Base with the Meissen Crossed Sword Mark in Under-Glaze Blue.
Size: Diameter of saucer : 12.2 cm (4 3/4 inches).
Height of teacup : 4.3 cm (1 3/4 inches).
Provenance:From a Private Collection of 18th Century European Porcelain.
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.
There are few Hausmaler known by name include Mayer von Pressnitz from Bohemia and Ferner who is thought to have worked in Thuringen.