MEISSEN c.1725 German Hard-Paste Porcelain

An 18th Century Meissen Beaker c.1725 with Acanthus Leaf Moulding. The Hausmaleri Decoration (Outside Decoration) by J. F. Metzsch or His Workshop c.1730-1735.


In perfect condition.
8.3 cm (3 1/4 inches)
From the Collection of Maria Carmela, Viscountess Hambledon, Hambledon Manor, Buckinghamshire.
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References : For a Meissen Porcelain box and cover with similar Hausmaleri decoration by J. F. Metzch see : Meissen Porcelain in Colour (Hugo Morley-Fletcher, Ferndale Editions, London, 1971) Page 106. For a pair of Meissen saucers with this type of decoration see : European Ceramics and Glass, Including the Property of a Collector March 31st 2008, lot 56. For a teabowl and saucer with similar decoration "decorated by Johann Fredrick Metzch of Bayreuth" dated to c.1740 see Continental Pottery and Porcelain, Sotheby`s London 17th June 1986, lot 185.


Hausmalerei / Outside Decorated :
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 term Hausmalerei is used for German decorators who painted on Meissen and Du Paquier porcelain. Sometimes pieces from a slightly earlier period were used, 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. Other outside decoration was being added by painters in Holland, at Delft and other towns, on Japanese and Chinese Porcelain. In England too, pieces of Chinese porcelain, especially Blanc de Chine were being decorated as early as 1700. This type of painting is not referred to as Hausmalerei but as over-decorated or rather disparagingly as `clobbered` decoration.