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	 Rare c1805 Meissen Napoleonic Wars Battle Scene
This historic dish depicts a battle during the French revolution wars of 1792-1802. The dish has canted corners. The centre is painted with a battle scene depicting the Saxon army fighting the French army with a mound in the foreground. There are soldiers on horseback, others on foot fighting, Cannons, horses and the wounded are dead lying on the ground. In the middle distance, further fighting, cavalries charging and troops retreating in to the forest below a hill town. There is a city in the distance within a gilt line and black dash oval cartouche. The dish has sloping sides with a band of oak leaves below a moulded gilt and pink band of square ornament. The border with gilt ovals. There has been a professional museum, quality repair to the lower right and border, the battle scene was not effected. The scene depicts the Saxon Chevaulgers and Saxon Hussars in battle with French troops during the French revolutionary wars. In 1793 the electorate of Saxony detached troops from its army to take part in what then was termed a Reichskrieg against revolutionary France. The Holy Roman empire called up its member states to raise contingents to support operations of Austrian and Prussian amies on the rhine and low countries. Between 1793 and 1796 there were to be four military campaigns in the scene on the present tray depicts one of these battles. For a cabaret of very similar date see Abraham Den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The tray is perhaps painted by John Samuel Arnold who was one of the cheif painters at the factory in the early 19th century.


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