An unusual Volkstedt porcelain dish moulded with an osier pattern and enamelled with floral sprays and an interesting pseudo-armorial of Mercury with a caduceus, winged helmet etc., hovering over a barrel and two bales and a monogram CN(?).Underglaze blue crossed pitchforks mark to the reverse Diameter: 34.5cm. c. 1770.
The alchemical image probably references the arcanists who discovered the secret of porcelain manuf ...click for details
A German Westerwald tankard with pewter cover, the central band decorated with reserves of stylised flowers and stars within a rhomboid border. The pewter cover with a shell-shaped thumbpiece. Height (excl. lid): 15.0 cm. Early 18th cent.
Excellent condition without damage. Good strong cobalt blue, the cover slightly loose.