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Centerpiece and Stand with Pair of Sugar Casters

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




Meissen Porcelain Manufactory
Germany, founded 1710
Modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler
German, 1706-1775

About this artwork

Typifying the splendor of the Saxon court at Dresden during the eighteenth century, this porcelain centerpiece would have been part of an elaborate dinner service that graced ceremonial court banquet tables. Remarkable for its large size and luxurious decoration, the service was designed for Count Heinrich von Brühl, who was both administrator of the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory at Meissen and prime minister to Augustus III (r. 1733–63), elector of Saxony and king of Poland. The centerpiece consists of a large, flat plateau made in sections fitted together to support a tall, four-legged, open basket decorated with fanciful roosters and Chinese figures. At either end of the plateau are sugar casters in the form of Chinese figures embracing under a canopy. Established in 1710, the Meissen factory dominated porcelain production in Europe until the mid-eighteenth century and continues to operate to this day.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (Manufacturer)


Centerpiece and Stand with Pair of Sugar Casters


Meissen (Object made in)

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Hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, gilding, and gilt bronze mounts


Bowl: 28.5 × 42.9 × 26.7 cm (11 3/16 × 16 7/8 × 10 1/2 in.); Stand: 15.3 × 66.1 × 51.5 cm (6 × 26 × 20 1/4 in.)

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Atlan Ceramic Club, Buckingham Lustre and Decorative Arts Purchase funds

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