P074 - MEISSEN HOT-MILK JUG AND COVER
Circa 1735, blue crossed swords mark and 7. Gilder’s mark
Painted with schwarzlot quay scenes
5 ½ in. (14 cm) high
(Minor chip to rim of cover)
Cleo M. and G. Ryland Scott Jr., Antique Porcelain Digest, Newport, England, 1961, p. 190, plate 55, fig. 222.
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 MILK JUG - RARE SWARZLOT
This milk jug was purchased while in Geneva in 1957 from the well-known dealer, Whittekind. He described it as follows: "Milk Jug with Cover, genuine Meissen porcelain, decorated with landscapes in monochrome black at the reserves, Korean flowers in monochrome red, period 1730-1740. His spout and handle are, beside the decoration most unusual. The spout with the raised and gilded acanthus leaves and the red stipples, at its handle a shell shaped part, to have it well in hand. Re to the landscape, I have very rarely seen the monochrome black combined with a lighter color. It is not to flatter you, that you personally discovered it, without being mentioned by me, you are a great connoisseur of genuine porcelains."
The use of Swarzlot was not common at Meissen like it was at DuPaquire. The introduction of lighter colors as mentioned by Whittekind have not been seen by us in other specimens. The lighter colors referred to are a light puce or purple and a light blue. These colors are applied to buildings, ships and clouds to create an extremely pleasing depth to the picture. The lid is the original one as shown by the decoration as well as having the same gold letter which in each case seems to be a Z but could be an N. The sword marks are of an early type and the decoration is believed to be about 1730.