19th century Meissen scalloped edge cup and saucer decorated with gilded Japanese decoration. The cup hand painted throughout with dragons flanking the exterior of both pieces. The fine overlapping looped handle finished with gilt pin striping. The saucer with two dragons flanking the boarder whilst two opposed roosters sit to the centre. White glazed throughout. Signed to the base with the Meissen cross swards on both the cup and saucer.
Lot Notes: Meissen porcelain was the first European hard-paste porcelain manufacture. Early experiments were done in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. After his death, Johann Friedrich Böttger continued von Tschirnhaus’s work and brought this type of porcelain to the market. Production was financed by Augustus the Strong (King of Poland). The production of porcelain in the royal factory at Meissen, near Dresden, started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish what is often referred to as the most famous porcelain manufacturer in the world. Crossed swords, the Meissen signature logo was introduced in 1720 to protect its production. The mark of the swords is reportedly one of the oldest trademarks in existence. In English Dresden porcelain was once the usual term for these wares, especially the figures; this is because Meissen is geographically not far from Dresden.
Meissen remained the dominant European porcelain factory and the leader of stylistic innovation until new styles were introduced by the French Sèvres factory in the 1760s. However Meissen has has remained a leading factory to the present day. Among the developments pioneered by Meissen are the porcelain figurines and the introduction of European decorative styles to replace the imitation of Asian decoration of its earliest wares.
Condition: Good-Very Good, small chip to the rim of the teacup
Measurements: Cup 5cm H x 8cm W x 2.5cm H/Saucer 2.5cm H x 11cm W x 11cm D