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Cup and saucer

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The cup is hemispherical in shape and has an ear-shaped handle. It has a white ground decorated with two vignettes of men, women, and children in exotic dress, engaged in various activities. To the left of the handle, a seated figure in an iron-red robe with green sleeves offers a bowl, from...

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(1) on base of cup, in underglaze blue: crossed swords (2) inside foot ring of cup, impressed: 2 (3)on base of saucer, in underglaze blue: crossed swords (4) inside foot ring of saucer, impressed: two six-rayed stars

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

German, about 1740

Object Place



4.1 x 9.5 cm (1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain