A pair of Meissen tureens, each modelled as a partridge, circa 1740.

Each bird, depicted sitting on a nest of grass and leaves, is painted in shades of green and yellow.

The wings are painted in shades of brown with black tips, and the heads in shades of red ochre.

They have the crossed swords mark in underglaze blue, 9.2cm high, 16cm long.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Lady Exeters dressing room……two partridges on their nests…Dresden china.’

After many years of experimentation, the first European hard paste porcelain was manufactured in 1710 at Meissen, near Dresden and it continued to be referred to as Dresden for some years.


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