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Sugar Caster with Cover (one of a pair)

A work made of hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.
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  • A work made of hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.


c. 1737


Meissen Porcelain Factory
German, founded 1710
Modeled by Johann J. Kandler (German, 1706-1775)

About this artwork

By the 17th century, many European nations were trading heavily in the Orient, importing such products as tea, chocolate, furniture, silk, and porcelain. The discovery in the 18th century of the secret method the Chinese used to make porcelain was one of the most important achievements of the royal Meissen porcelain factory near Dresden. The tureen from this centerpiece and stand with a pair of sugar casters, designed by Meissen’s chief modeler, Johann Joachim Kändler, would have been filled with lemons. Very sculptural in quality, the ensemble is animated with Oriental figures, Buddhas, imaginary birds, antique masks, flowers, and insects.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (Manufacturer)


Sugar Caster with Cover (one of a pair)


Meissen (Object made in)

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Hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding


19.7 × 8.9 × 7.7 cm (7 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 in.)

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Louise D. Smith Fund, Edward Byron Smith Charitable Fund, Robert Allerton Fund, Mrs. Edward I. Rothschild Fund, Richard T. Crane, Jr. Memorial Fund

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