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An extensive Meissen (Marcolini) ornithological dinner-service

  • GBR
  • 2001-07-05
About the object
An extensive Meissen (Marcolini) ornithological dinner-service
Circa 1780, blue crossed swords and star marks, various Pressnummern and painter's marks to footrims
Each piece finely painted with exotic birds and domestic fowl within extensive wooded landscape vignettes and with scattered moths and insects within shaped gilt-scroll borders, comprising:

A large oval two-handled soup-tureen, cover and two-handled stand with cornucopiae and fruit handles and putto and cornucopia finial, the stand 17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) wide
Two smaller oval two-handled tureens, covers and two-handled stands (one handle of one stand repaired, the other stand with rim chip), the stands 15 5/8 in. (39.8 cm.) wide
Two shallow oval two-handled vegetable-tureens, covers and two-handled stands, the stands 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) wide
Two small oval tureens and covers with gilt-edged angular handles and on four key-pattern feet, the covers with bronzed and gilt cone finials with radiating foliage, 6¾ in. (17 cm.) wide
Two oval stands, 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) wide
A pair of large double-lipped two-handled sauce-boats, 8¾ in. (22 cm.) wide
A pair of barrel-shaped mustard-pots and one spoon, the covers with pink bud finial (one cover with small crack and associated chip to underside), 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high
Four triangular salts each with a central circular well supported on three tapering legs, the concave sides with blue flowerheads within gilt cable ornament, 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) wide
Twelve shaped rectangular serving-dishes in three sizes, 13 in. (33 cm.), 15¼ in. (38.5 cm.) 16¾ in. (42.5 cm.) wide
Two foliate salad-bowls, 10 in. (25.5 cm.) wide
Two lozenge-shaped dishes (one with crack to centre), 11½ in. (29.5 cm.) wide
Twenty cushion-shaped dishes in three sizes (one of the smallest size cracked across and repaired), 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.), 9 in. (23 cm.) 10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide
Twenty shaped saucer-dishes in three sizes, 8 3/8 in. (21.5 cm.), 9¾ in. (24.5 cm.), 10 3/8 in. (26.5 cm.) wide
Two large shallow circular dishes, 15 in. (38 cm.) diam.
Four large shallow circular dishes, 13 in. (33 cm.) diam.
Six large shallow circular dishes, 12 in. (30.5 cm.) diam.
Eight smaller shallow circular dishes, 10¼ in. (26 cm.) diam.
Twenty-four soup-plates (one with rim chip), 8¾ in. (22.5 cm.) diam.
Sixty-three dinner-plates (fourteen with rim chips, four with footrim chips, some with minor wear to gilding), approximately 9½ in. (24 cm.)

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