An early Meissen tureen of cylindrical form with shallow domed cover and stylised Chinese fish as handles on the bowl and lid. Boldly decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, purple, green and gold.
This is the earliest model of tureen made at Meissen before the arrival of Kaendler and the introduction of new silver-based forms. The handles are probably copied from Chinese bronze vessels.
A pair of tureens of this form decorated in under-glaze blue and gold are in the Residenz, Munich. Another pair now in the Pitti Palace, Florence, came from the Palazzo Reale in Parma in 1861.
Condition – Chip to rim of bowl. No restoration.
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