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The quadrangular, pear-shaped bottles have elongated necks and are approximately square in cross section (both apparently warped in the kiln). The flat bases are unglazed. The pale turquoise ground extends from the shoulder of each bottle to the square foot. A quatrefoil reserve, centered on...

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(1) on base, in cobalt blue (very faint): crossed swords; wheel-cut: Johanneum mark N = 332 - over W; in ink: old inventory number 280 and other numerals (2) on base, impressed: MB in monogram


Collection of Augustus the Strong. Baroness Renée de Becker, Brussels, New York, Rome. June, 1958, purchased in New York by Rita and Frits Markus; 1979, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

German, 1730–35

Object Place

Meissen, Germany


20.8 x 5 cm (8 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain