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Cup and Saucer from Part Coffee Service

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Part of a Coffee Service (65.2076a-b - 65.2080). Cup with an everted rim, tapers gently towards the base, and rests on a simple footring. The saucer is in the shape of a shallow dish. Painted with chinoiserie figures depicting the brewing and drinking of tea or coffee or the smoking of pipes.


Cup: none. Saucer: crossed swords in underglaze blue; incised slash in footring.


By 1965, Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

German, about 1723, decorated 1725–30

Object Place

Meissen, Germany


Overall (cup): 7.8 x 10.7 x 7.6 cm (3 1/16 x 4 3/16 x 3 in.) Overall (saucer): 2.7 x 13.2 cm (1 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain