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Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1735 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Imperial Vienna Porcelain factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gilded

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 20, shelf 7 []

Physical description

The cup is of inverted bell-form with elongated vertical sides, and has two ear-shaped loop handles, pointed at the apex and terminating in pairs of knobs resembling knuckle-bones. It stands in a trembleuse saucer of slightly-lobed oval outline. The cup is decorated with two purple-outlined oblong panels, each showing a scene of buildings fronted by water, with mountains int he distance and figures in the foreground, painted in tons of violet, blue-green, yellow and red. Above the handles are formal ornaments of palmettes and scrolls painted in purple monochrome. A border of scrolls, rosettes and diaper-panels similarly painted runs round the lower part of the cup. There are bands of plain gilding round the foot and the inside of the lip, and the upper parts of the handles are similarly gilt. The saucer is decorated at either end with a four-lobed panel outlined with purple, painted with scenes similar to those on the cup. Between these and following the rim of the saucer, are oriental motifs consisting of a diaper-panel flanked by scrollwork, all painted in purple monochrome. A diaper-panel similarly painted decorates the centre of the saucer inside the trembleuse lattice.

Place of Origin

Vienna (made)


ca. 1735 (made)


Imperial Vienna Porcelain factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

K, incised
beneath the saucer

"A", painted in pale blue enamel
beneath the saucer


Height: 3 1/4 in cup, Diameter: 2 5/8 in cup, Length: 6 1/2 in saucer

Object history note

Bought with C.64-1949 from the Evelyn Reynolds Collection, Sotheby's, 1 Nov. 1949, lot 114.

(Note in Register) It has been suggested in view of the enamelled "A" mark that these cups and saucers were painted by Johann Karl Wendelin Anreiter von Zirnfeld.

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gilded, du Paquier factory, Austria (Vienna), ca. 1735 to 1740

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

Johann Kräftner, ed., Baroque Luxury Porcelain, the Manufactories of du Paquier in Vienna and of Carlo Ginori in Florence, exhibition catalogue, Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Water; Scrolls; Figures; Rosettes; Mountains; Scrollwork; Diaper; Palmettes; Buildings


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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