Great Armorial Dish from the Swan Service
Great Armorial Dish from the Swan Service

MEISSEN PORCELAIN (worked from 1710)

Great Armorial Dish from the Swan Service

1739 to 1740 Meissen Germany

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Made for Count Brühl
Modeled by Johann J. Kaendler, 1737
Meissen 1739 / 40
Ø 38 cm (size no. 4)

Press number: '20'
Scratch mark: '4' (?)
Blue crossed swords mark

The famous Swan Service is made for Count Brühl by the master modeler of the Meissen manufactory Johann J. Kaendler from 1737 to 1741. The original service includes around 3000 pieces.

The dish shows the famous swan service design: moulded overall with swans swimming, a stork wading among bullrushes and with another flying above, on a shell ground. The lip is painted with the arms of Count Brühl and his wife Countess Kolowrat-Krakowsky and scattered ‘Indianische Blumen’. The rim is gilded.

Kaendler got the inspiration for the Swan design from two etchings after Wenzel Hollar, which were published in 1700 by Leonard Buggel, Nuremberg (Pietsch exhibition catalogue 'Schwanenservice' fig. 36 u. 37; p. 156).

The press number '20' leads us to a date of manufacturing after September 1739 (the time when the press numbers were introduced in Meissen).

There are two versions of the Swan Service relief with a little different. Either the stork on the left side bears a fish in its beak or not. The latter version is the first, it also occurs on the Swan Service prototype plate ((Pietsch op. cit. p. 28 fig. 13). On the presented plate the fish in the beak is also lacking.

Comparative pieces:

- Exhibition catalogue 'Schwanenservice' (no. 28 with further comparative pieces)
- Coll. Van Slyke (Sotheby‘s New York 26.09.1989 no. 113)
- Cat. Röbbig 2011 no. 73
- 'The René Fribourg Collection' Sotheby & Co 25.06.1963 no. 13
- Coll. Hoffmeister II no. 372
- Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin no. 280
Good condition
Bursche, Stefan: 'Meissen – Steinzeug und Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts.' Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin 1980
Hoffmeister, Dieter: Sammlung Hoffmeister. Hamburg 1999
Pietsch, Ulrich (ed.): 'Schwanenservice: Meissener Porzellan für Heinrich Graf von Brühl (1700-1763).' Leipzig 2000
Diameter 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
Elfriede Langeloh

Elfriede Langeloh
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