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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)
    Kronstadt (possibly, painted)
    Wroclaw (possibly, painted)

  • Date:

    1720-1730 (enamelled)
    ca. 1720-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preissler, Ignaz, born 1676 - died 1741 (enamelled by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 23, shelf 3

The refined decoration on this chocolate beaker would have been specially commissioned by an aristocratic patron, either as a flattering gift for someone important, or as a cabinet piece which would have advertised the owner's educated tastes.

Although the porcelain was made in China, the black enamelling and gilding was done by Ignaz Preissler in 1720-30. Preissler was originally from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) but may have trained in Nuremburg where this type of enamelling in black was a speciality. He is also known to have worked in Breslau in Germany and to have returned to Bohemia (Kronstadt) in later life to continue his work, probably with his son, Daniel.

Physical description

Beaker in hard-paste porcelain of tall, tapering shape, finely painted in black enamels with a continuous mythological scene, comprising a wooded landscape with Apollo watching a raven flying overhead, an eagle at his feet, and Coronis, her heart pierced by an arrow and her harp lying on the ground nearby, in the distance, fortified buildings by a river and a hunter, inside the rim scrollwork with additional gilded highlights.

Place of Origin

China (made)
Kronstadt (possibly, painted)
Wroclaw (possibly, painted)


1720-1730 (enamelled)
ca. 1720-1725 (made)


Preissler, Ignaz, born 1676 - died 1741 (enamelled by)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

'Coronis ab Apolline / transfigitur' / Chinese mark
Coronis pierced by Apollo's arrow


Height: 7.6 cm converted from imperial

Descriptive line

Beaker, probably for chocolate, in hard-paste porcelain decorated by the independent enameller Ignaz Preissler in Bohemia or Silesia, ca. 1720-30, the beaker made in China, ca. 1720-25.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Brozkovà, Helena (ed) Daniel a Ignàc Preisslerové Exhibition catalogue (in Czech) of the Umeleckoprumyslové Museum in Prague, 2009
Cassidy-Geiger, Maureen Repraesentatio Belli, ob successionem in Regno Hispanico….' A Tea Service and Garniture by the Schwarzlot Decorator Ignaz Preissler, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal 24, 1989 pp239-254
Müller-Hofstede, Annedore Der schlesisch-böhmische Hausmaler Ignaz Preissler Keramos 100 (1983) pp. 3-50
Passion for Porcelain: masterpieces of ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Hard paste porcelain


Enamelled; Gilding

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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