MEISSEN c.1745 German Hard-Paste Porcelain

An 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Hot-Milk Jug Decorated with Scattered Ombrierte Insects c.1745. The Insects Vary from Large to Very Small with Shadows Painted Under them are Scattered Over the Baluster Form Jug and Cover. The Moulded Wish-Bone Handle has Details Picked out in Purple. The Base with a Crossed-Swords Mark for the Meissen Factory.

In perfect condition
Height : 15 cm (6 inches)
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References : For a very similar 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.



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.