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An Exceptional 18th Century Meissen Coffee Pot

An Exceptional 18th Century Meissen Coffee Pot

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: German: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 936282
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From our European Porcelain Collection, an exceptionally well-painted 18th century Meissen coffee pot from the so-called "Dot Period" (1732-1773), probably 1740-1760, depicting a serenade or courtship scene with what is either two musicians or perhaps two suitors, attempting to curry the favor of a Lady, all executed in puce with gilt highlights upon a very white, hard paste porcelain body. Meissen crossed swords with dot in blue on the base.

What is interesting for collectors of both Chinese and European porcelain of the 18th century, is the comparison of painting styles and techniques between these two traditions, especially regarding their respective treatment of figures. Whereas the Chinese at this point -- several centuries into their own porcelain tradition --are still for the most part painting in flatter, more "one-dimensional" styles with generally less perspective and realism, the Europeans -- even though they have only just learned the secrets of porcelain manufacture from the Chinese a decade or two earlier -- are already borrowing from their own well-established Renaissance painting traditions, and incorporating this realism into their porcelain painting.

Size and Condition: 8 1/4 inches tall, 7 inches across from spout to handle. The pot itself is perfect, save for some very minor rubbing to the gilt commensurate with age. The lid has unfortunately been lost to history.