Tea Bowl and Saucer from the so-called “Berner Goldfondservice”, Böttger porcelain, Meissen, ca. 1720. Photo courtesy Röbbig München
Decorated with colourful Watteau figures on gold ground by Abraham Seuter, Augsburg, ca. 1740. H. 4.2 cm (tea bowl), D. 12.4 cm (saucer). Rare tea bowl with everted lip on high footrim. The corresponding saucer is relief-moulded with everted lip and also on a footrim. Price on request.
The tea bowl and the corresponding original saucer are covered with solid gold ground. A repeatedly curved concave and convex reserve, whose rims are decorated with filigree embellishment in etching technique, is spared. In the well of the saucer is a scene, after the engraver’s copies of the artist Jean-Antoine Watteau, which borders at the console-like arranged embellishment in the lower quarter. An elegant lady in a yellow dress looks to the right while she holds a small bow in her left hand. The bow appears to belong to Cupid in the guise of a winged boy standing to the left of her. Behind the two, a cavalier wags his finger, and near them is a maid. This scene is characterised by typical love symbolism of the Rococo period, and is supplemented further by another scene on the associated tea bowl: A lady is sitting on an armchair while a black cat rests on her lap. To the left stands a young girl in a pronounced, gesticulating pose.
The Augsburg brothers Abraham and Bartholomäus Seuter drew a majority of their décors from engravers’ copies after the paintings of the French painter Watteau, whose oeuvre often served as references for locally-based copper engravers and enriched especially the Augsburg Hausmalerei at that time.
The motif of a lady accompanied by Cupid can be found, in a modified form, again on a tea pot and a sugar bowl, both published in: S. Ducret, Meissen Porzellan bemalt in Augsburg, 1718 bis um 1750, vol. II, Brunswick 1972, fig. nos. 140 and 168. A further tea bowl with saucer from the same service is illustrated there in colour (no. XIII).
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