P151 - MEISSEN BLUE GROUND COFFEE-POT AND A COVER
Circa 1724 Crossed sword mark in underglazed blue
Painted with indianische Blumen, scroll handle
7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high
Cleo M. and G. Ryland Scott Jr., Antique Porcelain Digest, Newport, England, 1961, pp. 172-173.
On display in the Scott-Allen Collection at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia from 1976 until 1996
NOTES BY CLEO M. AND G. RYLAND SCOTT, JR IN THE LATE 1950’S
MEISSEN COFFEE POT. CR. 1724.
This rare specimen was purchased in New -York from Beckhardt. The handle is early " S " shape. It is unusual for several reasons. The Emperor was very anxious to have the factory produce an underglaze blue like that made by the Chinese and which was so popular with the Europeans. Great difficulty was encountered, however and only during the period of 1720-24 inclusive was a satisfactory underglaze blue produced until modern times at Meissen. Kohler was instrumental in perfecting same. As he was displeased with the recognition received for his work he took the secret to his grave when he died in 1725. This Pot is in the underglaze blue. The decoration is in the so-called Indian Blumen flowers. The next point of rarity is that the cartouch unlike the usual specimen has no outline between the white glaze and the underglaze blue. The Cross swords are very unusual in that they are at an angle greatly exceeding 90 degrees. This mark was used it is believed only in 1724. The lid is believed to be a later period.