Meissen saucer


Probably decorated in Bayreuth, perhaps workshop of Johann Friedrich Metzsch
Underglaze blue crossed swords mark, impressed 17
The porcelain circa 1740, the decoration circa 1740-45
12.6 cm diam.

Decorated with an allegory of love below the motto ‘Ame de me Ame’, with cupid seated before a fire  within an elaborate cartouche.

The colour and design of the cartouche are very much in the style we associate with Bayreuth of the period.  However,  we cannot say with confidence that it is from the Metzsch workshop from the signed pieces we have at our disposal.

The impressed number or pressnumer indicates that the porcelain was made after 1738.

Good, minor losses to gilt border

‘A Porcelain Reference Collection, 18th Century Saucers from the Andreina Torre Collection’, sale catalogue: Sotheby’s, London 18 November 1996, lot 225


Manners 2024
E & H Manners, ‘Decorators of Ceramics and Glass, 2024, no. 39

Price: £800