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.

Date:

c. 1737

Artist:

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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 216

Artist

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory

Title

Sugar Caster with Cover (one of a pair)

Origin

Meissen

Date

1732–1742

Medium

Hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding

Dimensions

H. 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1984.1228a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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