MEISSEN c.1740 – 1745

German Hard-Paste Porcelain

An 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Two Handled Octagonal Cup and Saucer c.1740-1745. Painted in the Style of Johann Gottfried Klinger (1711-1781) with Shaded Holzschnittblumen (Woodcut Flowers) and Insects. The Base with Crossed Sword Marks in Underglaze Blue for the Meissen Porcelain Factory.


There is a chip to the inside of the cups footrim which shows to a small extent outside c.8 x 3 mm. On the outside of the footrim this chip can be measured at 6 x 1 mm. Some very minor wear to the saucer.
diameter saucer : 14 cm (5 1/2 inches)
A Private English Collection, Mostly Consisting of Meissen Porcelain
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£ 920
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The carefully painted flowers appear almost as if they were pressed flowers, which is not entirely surprising considering they were taken from contemporary copper-plate engravings. The term used to describe this type of flower painting is Holzschnittblumen, 'Woodcut Flowers'. This style is the most botanically correct of the Meissen flower painting styles and dates to c.1740. From about 1745 Deutsche Blumen 'German flowers' became popular, it was a less linear style but still careful in its execution. Both of these ways of painting flowers contrast with the more loosely painted Naturliche Blumen, 'Natural Flowers' favoured slightly later in about 1750.