Offered is a lovely and fairly early Meissen porcelain saucer in the pattern often referred to as either the Kakiemon Pattern or the Cuckoo Pattern. This piece bears marks to the reverse of the crossed blue swords in underglaze blue, surmounting a stylized number "1".
According to John Sandon's "Meissen Porcelain", this set of marks was used for best-quality porcelain from around 1817-22; other authorities put the dates at 1814 or 1815 to about 1824. In any event this saucer is completely hand-painted and dates to the period right after the end of the Marcolini period at Meissen, and coincidentally the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches (13.7 cm) across. Condition is very good overall (please review all of the pictures), with on small glaze pop on the front (see detail picture) and one burn spot on the back (see detail picture), both from the manufacturing process. There are no cracks or hairlines, no repairs, and no chips to the rim or the footrim. The cuckoo does have a spot on his right wing that is a little raised, but it is a manufacturing defect, not a repair (see detail picture). All in all an excellent example of this pattern, ready to use with an appropriate matching coffee or tea cup!