A Meissen tea and coffee service, circa 1740/45.

Each item is decorated with fashionable figures in parkland and waterway settings after French engravings, all within gilt rococo cartouches.

The remaining ground is painted with botanical studies and insects and the rims are decorated with ferronerie.

The service comprises: a baluster-shaped coffee pot and domed cover, a bullet-shaped teapot and cover, a hot water jug and cover, a rectangular tea canister and cover, a U-shaped sucrier and cover, with applied trailing floral knop, a slop bowl and six teacups and saucers.

Each has the crossed swords mark in underglaze blue and a gilder’s numeral 13.

The decoration is in the manner of J.G.Heintze (b.1706) who was one of the most accomplished of the painters at Meissen in the 1740s.


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