Large Armorial Dish from the Swan Service
Large Armorial Dish from the Swan Service

MEISSEN PORCELAIN (worked from 1710)
J.J. KAENDLER (1706-1775)

Large Armorial Dish from the Swan Service

1738 to 1739 Meissen Germany

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Made for Count Brühl
Modeled by Johann J. Kaendler, 1737
Meissen 1738 / 39
Ø 34 cm (size no. 3)

Former's mark by Johann Christoph Pietzsch Sen. (cf. Rückert 1996 S. 76)
blue crossed swords mark
Scratch 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 with a fish in its mouth 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.

The inspiration for the Swan design got Kaendler 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).

Thanks to the former's mark the dish can be dated to the years 1738/39. At Kaendler‘s instigation the former’s marks were abolished in September 1739 (Rückert in Keramos 151 / 1996). Hence, the plate could not be made after this time and not before 1738, the year in which the delivery of the Swan service began.

Comparative pieces:
Pietsch, Catalogue 'Schwanenservice' (no. 27)
Coll. Rothschild (Christie’s 28.03.1977 no. 74)
Coll. Nyffeler (Christie’s 09.06.1986 nos. 113, 114)
Coll. Wark (Pietsch 2011, no. 561/562)
good condition
Rückert, Rainer: 'Alchimistische Symbolzeichen als Meissener Masse-, Former-, Bossierer- und Drehermarken im vierten Jahrzehnt des 18. Jahrhunderts.' In Keramos 151/1996
Pietsch, Ulrich (ed.): 'Schwanenservice: Meissener Porzellan für Heinrich Graf von Brühl (1700-1763).' Exhibition catalogue 2000
Pietsch, Ulrich: 'Early Meissen Porcelain: The Wark Collection from the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.' 2011
Diameter 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
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Elfriede Langeloh
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