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Flask and cover

Flask and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Meissen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1715 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    From the Arthur and Hilde Weiner Collection. Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the V&A, 2006

  • Museum number:

    C.33:1, 2-2006

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 23, shelf 2 []

This spouted flask is made of the earliest porcelain developed by the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger at Meissen. Böttger laboured tirelessly to perfect his recipe for 'white gold' (as porcelain was often referred to at the time), living as a virtual prisoner in the Albrechtsburg castle, closely watched by the agents of his patron, Augustus the Strong, King of Saxony. Eventually, in about 1713, his experiments were successful. The shapes of his early pieces were designed by the court goldsmith, Irminger, or were copied from Asian ceramics, as in this case. This flask, or kendi shape, was originally an Islamic form of water-pouring vessel which later became popular in South-East Asia.

Physical description

Bottle and cover Kendi as a spouted flask of Japanese form, in hard-paste white Böttger porcelain.

Place of Origin

Meissen (made)


ca. 1715 (made)


Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain


Height: 22.7 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Arthur and Hilde Weiner Collection.

Descriptive line

Spouted flask and cover kendi of Japanese form, hard-paste white porcelain, made at the Meissen porcelain factory, Meissen, ca. 1715.


Hard paste porcelain


Porcelain; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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