MEISSEN c.1740-1745


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.


The outer rim of the cup has a shallow chip c.10 x 2 mm.
Diameter : 14 cm (5 1/2 inches)
A Private English Collection, Mostly Consisting of Meissen Porcelain
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Examples of this type of decoration include a Meissen teapot and cover see : A Distinguished Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, Christie`s London, July 2nd 2002, lot 129. For a Meissen teapot and a Meissen tea canister and cover with this type of decoration see : Fine European Ceramics, Including Porcelain from the Von Klemperer Collection, Bonham`s London, 8th December 2010, lots 87 and 88. A Meissen jug and and cover sold by R&G McPherson Antiques number 23869.



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.