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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Cup, Cover and Saucer

ca. 1780-1790 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Cup, cover and saucer of hard-paste porcelain. Ogivally curved cup with profiled angular handle. The cover knob as a bronzed and gilt laurel wreath. The cover painted with an oval of putti emblematic of painting honoured, the cup with a portrait of Angelica Kauffmann, probably from the engraving by F. Bartolozzi after Sir Joshua Reynolds. On the saucer there is a representation of Ariadne deserted by Theseus in the Island of Naxos, Cupid weeping at her feet, probably from the engraving by E. G. Krüger after the painting by Angelica Kauffmann in the Dresden gallery. Green, red and engraved gold borders including roses and guilloche ornament.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Cups
  • Cover
  • Saucer
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt
Brief description
Cup, cover and saucer, hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt, made by Meissen, Gemany, ca. 1780-1790
Physical description
Cup, cover and saucer of hard-paste porcelain. Ogivally curved cup with profiled angular handle. The cover knob as a bronzed and gilt laurel wreath. The cover painted with an oval of putti emblematic of painting honoured, the cup with a portrait of Angelica Kauffmann, probably from the engraving by F. Bartolozzi after Sir Joshua Reynolds. On the saucer there is a representation of Ariadne deserted by Theseus in the Island of Naxos, Cupid weeping at her feet, probably from the engraving by E. G. Krüger after the painting by Angelica Kauffmann in the Dresden gallery. Green, red and engraved gold borders including roses and guilloche ornament.
Marks and inscriptions
  • Crossed swords with a star (Factory mark, in blue)
  • A line (In blue)
Object history
From Ralph Bernal Collection (Bohn, 1876 reprint of Catalogue of 1855, L.6, no. 65).
Production
Attribution from the manuscript catalogue dates from about 1970 and was compiled by William Hutton of the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic reference
Honey, W. B. Dresden china: an introduction to the study of Meissen porcelain. London: A. & C. Black, 1946, Pl. LVII (b), pp. 136-7.
Collection
Accession number
1958 to B-1855

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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