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Japanese Arita teabowl and saucer and Meissen teabowl and saucer


Code: MB639

Japanese: Edo period, early 18th century

Meissen: circa 1730-35

Hard-paste porcelain

Height of cups: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) each

Diameter of saucers: 5 and 5 1/8 in. (12.7 and 13 cm.)

Marks: Meissen example with crossed swords in underglaze blue, impressed Dreher's mark of a quartered circle

The workers at Meissen were quite exact in their version of this Japanese teabowl and saucer. Both the Meissen copy and the Japanese prototype exhibit the subtle blossoms in relief within the teabowl’s interior. The chrysanthemum was a common motif used in Japanese export and domestic porcelain, representing peace of mind. A pair of Japanese teabowls and saucers of this pattern are in the collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, exhibiting the Johanneum inventory mark N=136 of Augustus the Strong.